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Senior Dog Care

The great news is that with advances in medicine and a more proactive approach to wellness care, regular exams, testing for early detection of diseases, targeted nutrition plans and a commitment to dental health care, pets are living longer and longer! We strongly believe that age is not a disease. We are committed to advocating for quality and quantity when it comes to the lives of our senior dogs.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


The time when a dog moves from adult to senior depends primarily on the breed of the dog. Larger breeds age faster and therefore have a shorter lifespan. Giant breeds such as the Great Dane are considered senior by 5 years of age. Most dogs are thought to be entering their golden years around age 7 with some studies now moving toy breeds to senior status at 10 years of age.

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


Aside from the diseases facing even younger pets, like arthritis and dental disease, senior dogs can be prone to liver, kidney and heart disease, vision and hearing loss, endocrine disorders (e.g. hypothyroidism) and cognitive dysfunction.

How should I care for my senior dog (example: schedule regular check-ups, exercise, special diet, etc.)?


On average, 1 year in our life is like 7 years in a dog’s life. We recommend that senior pets be seen every 6 months for a complete physical exam. Additionally, wellness testing (blood work, urinalysis, and x-rays as per your vet’s recommendation) done annually allows us to assess your dog’s internal health for signs of disease development. Regular exams and wellness testing mean we will catch diseases earlier on in their development stage. This will allow us to slow down the progression of a disease and provide your dog with a longer and healthier life.

A quality senior dog diet, coupled with an appropriate exercise plan, helps seniors to keep excess body weight off and lessen the impact of some diseases such as arthritis. Additionally, physical and mental stimulation such as exercise and puzzle games can be very beneficial to the cognitive functioning in older dogs.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets and equine, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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.

- Your dedicated team at Avon Animal Hospital