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Senior Dog Care

Pets are living longer than ever before. With the discovery of new medications, diagnostic testing and treatments, we can keep our best friends comfortable and healthy much longer than in the past, and that is a wonderful thing!

When is a dog considered a senior pet?

We do see some variation in what age is considered senior depending on the breed of your pet. Generally speaking, we consider dogs over the age of seven a senior. However, small breeds live longer than large breeds, so a Great Dane would be considered a senior pet at a younger age than a Chihuahua.

What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?

Since dogs age faster than people, 1-year between check-ups for a senior dog can be a very long time in dog time! Many of the experts do recommend having your senior dog examined every six months in order to find changes sooner. Definitely bring your dog in for an examination if you see any new lumps and bumps, notice a change in appetite or water consumption and any unexplained weight loss. With the diagnostic tests, we have available, particularly blood testing, we can find out about your dog’s major organ health early, often before a problem develops.

This gives us more options for treatment and helping your pet live a longer life.


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Last updated: January 3, 2022

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our team and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience in these matters. Please stay healthy and thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety.  As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.


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Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
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Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Sunday: Closed

We thank you very much for your continued support and patience.

- Your dedicated team at Aylmer Veterinary Clinic