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Senior & Geriatric Care

Ongoing Care for Happy, Healthy Seniors

Our Ajax and Pickering veterinarians provide geriatric care to help senior cats and dogs have a healthier, more comfortable old age.

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Geriatric Services for Cats & Dogs | Whites Road Animal Hospital

Geriatric Services for Cats & Dogs

Just like humans, pets become more prone to certain illnesses and disorders as they age.

Prevention and early diagnosis can extend your pet's life and improve general wellbeing. Our veterinarians may be able to spot health problems early on, while they are more easily manageable.

Early detection will help ensure your senior pet continues to enjoy a comfortable and healthy daily life.

This is why it’s important for your pet to attend regularly scheduled physical exams, even if they seem healthy.

When Does an Animal Become Old?

Although each animal is different, small dogs and cats are generally considered seniors around the age of 7.

Larger dog breeds, which tend to have shorter life spans, are considered seniors when they are around 6 years old.

Common Health Problems In Senior Pets

Because of improvements in veterinary care and dietary habits, cats and dogs are living longer than ever before.

This means that their owners and vets are now faced with more age-related conditions. These commonly include the following:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Urinary tract disease
  • Blindness/hearing loss
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Joint or bone diseases
  • Senility
  • Weakness

Veterinary Care for Seniors

Our vets will examine your pet, diagnose any health problems and develop a plan of action and treatment to keep them healthy, happy, and comfortable into their golden years.

We'll recommend activities, medications, and diets to improve in your senior pet’s health and wellbeing.

Routine Physical Exams

Preventative care and early disease detection are the keys to a healthy old age for your pet.

For this reason, our vets often recommend more frequent exams for seniors.

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