Senior Care Services for Pets

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work here at the clinic is seeing your cherished pets grow from newborns, to adults and to senior citizens. We are honoured to be by your side and collaborate with you to keep them healthy all throughout their life. As they enter this new and exciting stage, our teamwork becomes even more vital. Although your pet may seem like a puppy or kitten in many instances, they need more attention now. Regular check-ups and exams are key as older pets are more prone to injury and certain illnesses. Feel free to call us today at 905.885.8151 for more details on how we take care of our silver-haired patients.

What kinds of diseases can senior pets get?

In some ways, our furry family members age similarly to us humans. The most common conditions we treat in senior pets include:

  • Dementia
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Kidney and liver degeneration
  • Diabetes

    It’s important any condition your pet develops is diagnosed right away so they can be given the right treatment. Although a diagnosis is never good news, with proper care, your pet can enjoy many years of comfort despite their illness.

    What is the right way to care for an older pet?

    The main point to remember is you need to pay closer attention, take extra care and be more patient with your senior pet. Keep track of any changes in their appearance (teeth, coat, nails, joints, etc.) and behaviour (activity level, mood, mobility, etc.). Make sure they are eating the right foods, getting socialized and are getting some form of exercise. More frequent visits to the vet are necessary (at least two times a year) so we can make recommendations to keep their quality of life as high as possible. You can also consider “senior-izing” your home. Put baby gates by the stairs if your pet has arthritis, place soft padding on hard surfaces they are constantly in contact with, place stools/small step ladders beside your couch so it is easier for them to navigate, etc.

    My older pet is acting more irritable than usual. Is this normal?

    Yes. This is usually a sign of dementia or your pet is senile. Dementia affects about 60% of dogs between the ages of 11 and 16. About 50% of cats 15 and older are afflicted by the condition.

    Other symptoms are disorientation, inconsistent sleeping patterns, as well as no longer responding to you and others in your home. Please call us right away once you see these symptoms in your pet.

  • Last updated: Last updated: October 7th, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    Please see below in regards to our current Covid 19 protocols. We are happy to announce our clinic will be entering in the first phase of our reopening plan.

    Beginning October 12th 2021, we will be allowing clients into the clinic for food and medication pickup only. Doctor or technician appointments will still be run curbside for the time being. We will still offer the curbside option for food and medication if requested.

    1. The following protocols will be in place for those entering the building: - Maximum 3 clients in the building at a time. - Please do not crowd either doorway as our staff still need easy access in and out with animals. - Please continue to pre-order food and medication to make it an easier and quicker process, and to ensure we have what you need in stock before you come to the clinic. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check.

    2. The following protocols are still in place for all appointments (technician and doctor): - We are still operating curbside only for appointments. - Please call the office at 905.885.8151 to let us know that you have arrived and wait for further instructions. Please do not leave a message if you are in the parking lot. Continue to call until you reach a receptionist. - If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the door. Please also let us know in advance of your appointment so we can make a note. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check. Why are we not opening for appointments yet? - Fully opening is our ultimate goal, however, for the safety of our staff, and clients, allowing food and medication pickup seems the first logical step to limit everyone's exposure. - We hope this step will also alleviate some of the strain on our phone lines and those trying to reach us. - Allowing clients in for food and medication pickup will speed up the amount of time many clients are waiting in the parking lot for this reason.

    3. Hours of Operation

    Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

    We are closed all weekends and holidays.

    As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again very soon!

    - Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic