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Senior Care for Pets

As your pet ages, we want to make sure their care changes as they do. Your pet deserves the best healthcare to ensure they maintain a good quality of life throughout their senior years. Our veterinary team is here to support you and your pet, as you navigate this new stage of life. We do this through various tests and tools to prevent as well as treat any health issues that might arise.

When can my pet expect during their older years?

Though your senior pet won’t be able to receive a pension, we think your love and dedication are just as valuable. Your pet’s senior status might look different, depending on their breed and life experiences. We want to be able to provide the best type of care for your pet’s current stage of life, which means diagnostics that help us understand their current experiences. If you’re interested in learning more about ways you can alter current routines to support your aging pet, please contact us at 403.934.3311 so we can assess them.

How might their care change?

We develop a senior wellness plan, tailored to your pet’s specific needs, with guidelines on the best things you can do to ensure your pet continues to live a long, happy life with you and your family. We recommend performing screenings for arthritis, kidney function, liver function, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems and hypertension. The tests help us to create treatment plans that might address any health concerns but also provide you with the information you need to take preventive steps, helping your pet stay healthy and vibrant. From these routine screenings, we create the senior wellness plans which might include dietary supplements as well as special nutrition and exercises.

How else can I support my aging pet?

It’s important to adjust your expectations of your pet as they age by modifying what daily life looks like with them. This might look like:

  • Ensure your pet’s necessities like their bed and food container are easily accessible
  • Adjust your pace to suit your pet on walks or during recreational activities
  • Provide your pet with lots of water to maintain hydration, which might include providing a water fountain
  • Ensure your pet is regularly groomed and their hygiene needs are taken care of

  • Last updated: September 2021

    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

  • Continue our "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.
  • 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".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    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.

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

    - The team at Strathmore Veterinary Clinic