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Senior Dog Care

This varies from breed to breed. Generally, the larger the dog, the shorter the lifespan and thus the earlier they are considered a ‘senior’. For most dogs though, changes start occurring around 7-8 years of age with the exception of the giant breeds.

What are common senior dog health issues?


Aging pets may experience changes in their mobility, eyesight and hearing ability. Also, they become more prone to various disease processes such as changes to their thyroid, as well as liver and kidney changes.

How should I care for my senior dog?


Ideally our senior pets should be examined twice per year in order to take a proactive approach to their healthcare and make necessary changes in a timely fashion. In terms of home care, keeping their nails trimmed and providing non-slip surfaces can help them get around. Raising food bowls and providing ramps as well as gates in front of stairs to avoid slips are other at home modifications that can help.

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Last updated: June 25, 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. NEW PET OWNERS

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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- 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 Briarwood Animal Hospital