Senior Care

As your pet ages, more frequent veterinary visits can help us detect and treat issues early on.

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.

What 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
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