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Senior Dog Care

Senior dogs, like people, can encounter changes in their health as they age. Since dogs age more rapidly than humans, they can enter their senior years as early as 7 years old, depending on their breed. It is important to keep on top of your dog’s health as they get older to ensure that they can age gracefully and comfortably. At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, our veterinary team will evaluate the health of your dog with a senior exam and help make a wellness plan to keep your animal healthy.

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


As your dog ages, several health factors become more of a concern. Senior dogs are more prone to diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and more. By keeping on top of your dog’s health, we can help your dog age without having to suffer from a disease.

How should I care for my senior dog?


For care of your senior dog, we recommend a senior health exam every six months to keep on top of your senior pet’s health. Our doctors can evaluate the specific needs unique to your pet to make sure you are able to give the optimal care for your canine. Since the nutritional requirements for your senior pet can change as they age, our veterinary team can help you make sure you are not only catering to your pet but also their specific stage of life. Adapting your home environment to your pet is also important. Having ramps instead of stairs can make movement easier on arthritic joints. It is also important to ensure that floor surfaces have sufficient traction, so your pet doesn’t fall.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

1. We are currently operating a "closed door" policy to protect our clients and staff. This means that clients will not be allowed to enter the building. When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 403-948-2733. Our staff will come to you to collect your animal for their appointment. If you do not have a phone, or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.

2. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

3. At this time, appointments will only be booked when medically necessary. Any non-urgent appointment requests will be temporarily postponed. If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, please proceed directly to McKnight 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital at 5010 – 4th Street NE, Calgary, AB and call 403-457-0911 to alert them of your arrival.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, credit cards are the preferred payment method. Debit cannot be accepted over the phone, but is available at time of pick up if ABSOLUTELY necessary. We will not be able to accept cash.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre