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Senior Care for Pets

Cats and dogs age differently depending on their species and breed. Nonetheless, these are your pet’s “golden years”! Just like humans with age comes change. Some good, some bad. Our pets begin to have an increased risk of organ disease, diabetes, heart disease, endocrine diseases and cancer. They also face increased chances of joint pain, dental disease, obesity and hearing and vision loss. It’s important to keep up with regular examinations and health screens that can detect early signs of illness, improving prognosis and gaining them many more healthy years! To schedule your next appointment and to ask any further questions about your pet’s health, please call us at 613.622.1700.

How should I care for my senior pet?

Your healthcare team at Gillies Grove recommends screening every 6 to 12 months to keep your pet feeling their best! This will allow us to adapt their care plan accordingly and diagnose any health changes in the quickest way possible. Our team will make suggestions on your pet’s nutrition, activity levels, medications, treatments and even supplements. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight, and ensuring that they get low-impact exercise will also keep them in good shape. Put together, these factors can help keep your senior pet around for as long as possible.

Can senior dogs or cats go senile?

Sadly, yes. Often, owners will begin to notice that their pet seems to be disoriented and even forgetful. Fortunately, with specially formulated food, supplements and medications, we can help alleviate the symptoms associated with this condition.

At what age is my dog or cat considered to be senior?

Our feline friends usually reach senior age at 11-years-old. Dogs, on the other hand, are considered to be senior once they reach 7 to 11-years-old. Factors such as your pet’s specific breed and their size determine how quickly they will enter their golden years.

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, 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. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

5. 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.

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

- Your dedicated team at Gillies Grove Animal Hospital