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Senior Dog Care

As your dog ages, it is important to know that their needs change as well. Senior dogs require a different formulation of food, adjustments to their exercise routine and more preventative care.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


The average age at which a dog becomes a senior is 7-8 years old.

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


We recommend senior pets to have a check-up every six months. With early screening for diseases, we can intervene sooner if an issue is detected and thereby maximize the time you have with your pet.

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Last updated: February 28, 2022.

Dear Clients,

Effective Tuesday March 1st, we will once again be allowing one pet parent to accompany their pet into their appointment. We will continue to allow two family members to attend end of life appointments.

We are happy to accommodate with a curbside appointment should you prefer or if you are feeling under the weather.

Please remember kindness matters! Disrespectful or unkind behaviour toward our team will not be tolerated and may result in refusal of service.

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital