780-432-7297
senior-dog

Senior Dog Care

Senior dogs have different care requirements than those of a younger dog. Vet visits, nutritional diets and bloodwork 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 8 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 it’s 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 bloodwork 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.

Heard great things about millcreek animal hospital so went to check it out for myself. Everyone that dealt with me…

Matthew Barnes

My wife and I have been going to see Dr.Burant for years. He see's both our cat and our dog…

Russell Hayes

I have only been here a couple times but I will definitely be coming back. Dr. Sinclair is fantastic! She is…

Jade Shimmin

I had to put my 14 year old cat down due to several health issues and age. The staff…

Therese Stevens

wellness-homepage

Blog

Care-Dog with Ticks2

Care: Dog with Ticks

Each year ticks seem to become more and more prevalent.

Read More
See All Articles