Senior Care for Pets

The golden years of your pet’s life can be difficult. Senior pets begin to experience physical, cognitive and emotional limitations due to their age. With the right care these years can be a breeze for your furry friend. Here at Golf Glen Veterinary Clinic we aim to provide the best care for senior pets in order to give them long, happy and healthy lives.

When is my pet considered a senior?

On average, cats 8 years and older are considered seniors while dogs 7 years and older are considered seniors. This is the general guideline, but your pet may be different. Our veterinarians can properly examine your pet and determine what stage of like they are in. For more information we encourage you to call us at 905.727.3003.

What are signs that my pet is getting older?

Older pets are more susceptible to illnesses and so it is very important that you pay attention to the signs of aging. Signs your pet is getting older are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lumps and bumps on their body
  • Difference in their hair/coat such as thinning or greying around the face
  • Less energy
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Hearing problems
  • Increase/decrease in urination, drinking or eating

    What are common health issues in senior pets?

    As your pet ages it is important to catch any health conditions before they become advanced. This is only achieved through regular checkups. Any illness your senior pet faces poses a risk to their life. Common illnesses in senior pets include:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Hormone disorder
  • Kidney/ liver problems
  • Cognitive dysfunction (similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans)

    How can I care for my senior pet?

    The care your senior pet needs is different to that of kittens and puppies. We advise pet owners to work with their veterinarians to determine the specific needs of their pets and how to cater to them. Our veterinarians can create a senior wellness program that includes regular examinations, nutritional plans and special exercise for your loyal companion. Our team can also identify and provide treatment for illnesses associated with aging.

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    Dear Clients,

    Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. Based on the current provincial changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


    This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed
    Note: We are closed the Saturdays of long weekends.


    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.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Golf Glen Veterinary Clinic