Senior Care for Pets

Aging is a natural process and your cherished pets are not immune to it. As your pet gets older, they will require care that is more special. With proper senior care and attention, your pet will have a happy and healthy life.

When is my pet considered a senior?

This varies between species. In cats, 8 years and older are considered seniors. Dogs that are 7 years and older are recognized as seniors. Your veterinarian can help you determine if your pet is a senior based on their breed and size.

What are signs that my pet is getting older?

  • Less energetic
  • Develop hearing problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increase/decrease their eating, drinking or urinating
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • What are common health issues in senior pets?

    Aging makes pets more prone to various diseases. It is important for senior pets to have regular checkups as any condition they develop can pose serious risks to their lives. Common illnesses in senior pets include:

  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney/liver problems
  • Arthritis
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Hormone disorder
    These illnesses can be life threatening for your senior pet. Schedule a consultation with our team by calling us at 204-452-0077.

    How can I care for my senior pet?

    Senior pets need different care to adults and puppies or kittens. It is strongly recommended that you work with a veterinarian to figure out the type of care that your senior pet needs. Our team can create a plan for your senior pet that includes regular wellness examinations. Through regular exams, our veterinarians can recommend special nutritional plans, exercise routine, and accommodations that your pet may need. Our hospital can also provide treatment for conditions associated with aging.


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    Last updated: January 7, 2022

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.


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


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (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".

    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 to Friday: 7:30 am - 12:00 am (midnight)
    Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 12:00 am (midnight)


    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!

    - The team at Southglen Veterinary Hospital