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Senior Care for Pets

As you and your pet grow old together, it’s important to adjust their care when they become seniors. Senior pets have more health concerns as they age, which means feeding them a special diet, providing mobility support around your home or adjusting the types of activities you do together.

When is my pet a senior?

Depending on your furry friend’s breed, size and overall health, they might age at a quicker or slower rate. Larger breeds, like Great Danes or Pitbulls, show signs of aging by their 5th or 6th birthday. Smaller breeds, like Poodles or Chihuahuas, age at a slightly slower rate. Our veterinary team can assess your pet’s health and determine if they’re in their golden years.

Will my pet have more health issues as a senior?

Not necessarily, though the risk of developing some health issues does increase as your pet ages. With the help of modern medicine, pets are living longer than ever. Good, holistic care ensures your pet will lead a healthy and happy life well into their senior years. Some pets could develop heart, liver and kidney disease and even cancer. Other pets experience hearing or vision loss as their organs slow down and change. You might also notice your pet moving at a slower pace due to the onset of arthritis.

How can I support my senior pet?

Our veterinary team can provide individualized recommendations on what works best for your pet’s unique needs. To book an appointment to discuss more, you can contact us at 416.941.8920. Here’s a few helpful steps you can take at home to support them:

  • Use simple gestures for commands like “come,” if your pet is experiencing hearing loss
  • Try to keep your furniture or your pet’s go-to items in the same space if they’re losing their eyesight
  • Provide mobility aids like ramps for hard-to-reach spaces off the ground
  • Consider getting an orthopedic bed if your pet struggles with arthritis
  • Engage your pet in stimulating activities to keep their minds active

  • Last updated: January 19, 2022.

    Due to the shortage of staff at the clinic this week, we have special operating hours.

    Wednesday, Jan 19 – 1:30 pm until 4:30 pm
    Thursday, Jan 20 – 8:30 until 2:30 pm
    Friday, Jan 21 – 8:00 am at 4:00 pm

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • We are operating under a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • We require a 24 hr cancellation notice for appointments during this time. A cancellation fee will be applied otherwise.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home).
  • Parking is available in our parking lot (behind the clinic) as well as on the street.
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS

    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Bay Cat & Dog Hospital