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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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Last updated: September 29, 2021

Dear valued clients,

Given the current state of the pandemic in Alberta, we have made the decision to return to a closed-door protocol in an effort to do our best to help control the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of you and all our staff is our top priority so that we can continue to offer your pets the care they deserve. We ask for your patience and understanding while we navigate these challenging times together.

When you arrive for your appointment, please give us a call from your vehicle. We will ask a few questions before we start the appointment and ensure we have all of your information. We will then meet you and your pet at the door. For all appointments, we ask that you wait in your vehicle in the parking lot while your pet is being examined. The doctor will give you a call once your pet is in the clinic so we ask that you have your cell phone on at all times so there are no delays.

If you are picking up food or medication, give us a call and we will put your order in the bins outside the front Dog Entrance. Please note that you can purchase your food through our online store. Just head over to our website https://www.airdrievets.com/ and choose the online store tab at the top.

Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us all stay healthy. Please be considerate of our staff. We ask only for courtesy and kindness when working with our team as they continue to work tirelessly to provide the best level of care for your pet during these trying times.

Thank you for your continued trust in us.

- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre