Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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senior dog care

Senior Dog Care

Senior pets are different from our Geriatric pets. This is their middle age when changes are starting to happen – and preventive care can have the most significant impact.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


A dog is considered a senior when he/she turns seven years old.

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


The most common things we see with the senior pets, are subtle changes in mobility, weight gain, hair and skin seem a little drier, and bad breath. There are also things that are happening within your pet – you can’t “see.” Kidneys and liver are two organs that have a significant impact on the general health and well-being of our pet. Pets will not show signs of illness when they first start to have comprised organs so running yearly blood work can tell you what is going on – and there are many supplements to help.

How should I care for my senior dog?


Just like for people, preventative care can extend your pets’ lifespan, and help their quality of life be the best it can be. Supplements, diet change and medication are all things available to make your pet feel great – inside and out.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- 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 Manitou Animal Hospital Team