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Senior Dog Care

Just like people, your dog’s body and needs change as they age. The best way to keep your ageing pet healthy is excellent preventative care, which includes annual or twice-yearly physical exams and changing to a diet designed specifically for senior pets. Having yearly wellness blood testing performed to can pick up on any internal changes early on when treatment is often easier and designed to slow progression of diseases.

When does a dog become a senior?

While seven human years is the accepted entrance age into the golden years, large breed and overweight dogs age faster with giant breeds like the Great Dane and Irish Wolfhound being considered senior at five years of age. Conversely, smaller breeds often live longer making them senior at 8 or 9 years of age.

What are common senior dog health issues?

Some ailments our senior dogs face includes arthritis/joint and mobility issues, vision problems, changes in weight, gastrointestinal diseases, dental disease and neurological/behavioural changes.

How should I care for my senior dog?

The gold standard of caring for your senior dog includes twice-yearly physical exams with your veterinarian, annual wellness testing, a high-quality senior diet and consistent low-intensity exercise that keeps them moving without causing harm to ageing bodies.


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Last updated: April 18, 2022

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. Masks are mandatory for everyone coming inside our hospital. Maximum of 2 clients allowed into our exams rooms per appointment (there's not much room in there!)

Please note that it will take at least 24 hours for all prescription and food items to be ready for pick up (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".

Unfortunately, our bathroom is still closed to the public as it is in our radiology room.


If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


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.

We are committed to providing a safe and respectful workplace. Abusive conduct or communications will not be tolerated and may result in denial of services.

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

- Your dedicated team at Harbour Cities Veterinary Hospital