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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: December 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

For the safety of our staff and clients, we have implemented a “Closed Door Policy” which means our clinic doors are no longer open to the public.Here is what that means for you:

  • We ask that on arrival for your appointment you call us (902)564-8356 Sydney and let us know you are in the parking lot
  • A member of our team will then take a history on your pet by phone, they will then meet you at our front door to take your pet inside while you return to your car
  • Your veterinarian will perform an examination of your pet and then call you with exam findings and any suggested treatment plans
  • Any necessary medications will be prepared in the clinic for you, and will be sent with your pet when we are ready to send them home
  • Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone or by payment at the door
  • All food and drug orders are still required to be called in beforehand and prepaid over the phone
  • All future updates will be posted on social media as our situation with COVID-19 in our province is constantly changing
  • 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. With the implementation of this closed door policy, it is a longer process so we ask for your patience and co-operation during this time

    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


    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.

    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