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Senior Dog Care

Senior dogs have different care requirements than those of a younger dog. Veterinary visits, nutritional diets and blood work become all the more important in the later stages of their lives.

When does a dog become a senior?

A dog becomes senior usually when it hits eight years of age, although breed, genetics, nutrition, environment all play a role in how fast your dog ages.

What are common senior dog health issues?

Senior dogs often suffer from kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, dental disease and other conditions that may result in weight loss. Some senior dogs become less tolerant to exercise and become “couch potatoes,” which has its own variances of problems, including weight gain. Which, as you can imagine, would be hard on an older dog that has arthritis.

How should I care for my senior dog?

Since dogs age much faster than humans, a lot can change in a year. We recommend doing bi-annual exams and yearly blood work, as certain levels in the blood can reveal more than just a physical exam can and the sooner we can address problems and initiate treatments if necessary. Also, one of the things that are easy to do and control is feeding your pet a nutritional diet. There are many diets that help keep them from gaining weight, help treat arthritis issues and even more specialized issues like kidney problems.

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 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 Mill Creek Animal Hospital