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Senior Pet Care for Pets

These days are probably some of the best times when it comes to being a pet parent. We are fortunate that our furry family members are living longer and healthier lives now, due to advances in food and medical care. But, as our dogs, cats and other companions age, their needs change. Older pets are prone to a variety of age-related conditions. That being said, these conditions can be managed and your pet can actually stay comfortable despite them. Bi-annual examinations and blood tests are key in detecting these conditions early so that we can assist in prolonging and maintaining the quality of your pet’s life. We ask that you please call us for any further inquiries about our senior care services for pets.

When is a dog or a cat considered a senior pet?

It depends on the size and breed of your pet. As a general rule 7-years-old is when we consider our dog’s seniors or geriatric. For cats, 11-years-old is usually when we begin to treat them as senior patients. Other species also have different markers. Rabbits, for example, reach senior age a lot sooner at 5-years-old.

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

Similar to ourselves, senior dogs suffer from health issues as they age. These issues include but are not limited to: arthritis, urinary and kidney disease, dental conditions, heart disease and some forms of cancer.

How should I care for my senior dog?

For a healthy senior dog we recommend bi-annual check-ups that include blood and occasionally urine test. These check-ups determine if we need to adjust anything in their routine care to help prolong their lives. We also recommend a senior-specific diet and keeping them both mentally and physically active.

Last updated: August 8, 2022.

Dear Clients,

We look forward to seeing you all in person. Your health and safety are important to us. Here is what you can expect during your next visit in regards to our COVID-19 precautions:

  • Masks are mandatory for anyone that wishes to come inside our hospital.
  • Only one client is allowed in the exam room with their pet.
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney.

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre