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Senior Dog Care

Senior Dog Care

As your dog moves through different life stages, it is important that they receive the special care that they need. Senior dogs often require a special diet, supplements for their joints or skin, as well as a plan for how to ensure that they are feeling no pain. At Seneca Animal Clinic, want to make sure your dog’s golden years are the best years yet!

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


By the time your dog is around 8 years of age, we begin to think of them as a senior pet. In small breed dogs, this may happen a little later and in giant breeds a little earlier.

What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?


The most common health issues in senior dogs are related to Osteoarthritis, heart disease, dental disease and endocrine disease.

How should I care for my senior dog? (example: schedule regular checkups, exercise, etc.)


We recommend bi-annual wellness exams for our senior canine patients including wellness blood screening and urine testing. If your veterinarian has informed you that your dog has arthritis, it is important to allow your dog to choose their own level of exercise. Paying attention to any changes in your dog’s behaviour will help your vet create an optimal plan for their senior care.

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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Seneca Animal Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of August 14, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit for urgent, new puppy/kitten, or euthanasia appointments.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 416.494.1109 upon your arrival.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Use hand santizing station upon entry.
  • 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). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, 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.
  • ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    NEW PET OWNERS

    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Saturday: 9:00 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 Seneca Animal Clinic