Senior Care for Pets

As your pet gets older they become more delicate and require more specialized attention. In order to keep them happy and healthy you will need to make new lifestyle adjustments and more frequent veterinary visits.

What happens as my pet gets older?

Each pet will have a different experience as they enter their golden years. Some physical signs that your furry friend is getting older are:

1. Sleeping more often
2. Less playful or active
3. Increase or decrease in eating, drinking and urinating
4. Dull or grey coat
5. Greying around the muzzle, head and chest
6. Eyelid tumours

When will I see signs of aging in my pet?

The signs of aging will manifest more noticeably over time. Your furry friends age faster than humans and so a few short human years can bring many changes for your pet. Most pet owners will notice signs when their pets are between 6 to 8-years-old. Veterinarians generally consider dogs seniors when they are 7-years-old and cats when they are about 10-years-old. To learn how to care for your senior pet, give us a call at 905.707.9059.

What are common health issues in senior pets?

As your loyal companion gets older it is normal for them to experience more illnesses. Even though your older pet may be more susceptible to developing health conditions, it is still possible for them to live a relatively normal life. In order to detect these health issues your loyal companion should have regular vet visits. Here are some conditions senior pets are at risk of developing:

1. Diabetes
2. Arthritis
3. Cancer
4. Heart disease
5. Hormone disorder
6. Kidney and liver issues

Last updated: November 26, 2021

Dear Clients,

We are continuing to strive to provide the best medicine possible for your pets during these challenging times. Below are some important updates to our operating policies.

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, 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). Please make sure to wear a facemask when picking up your orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on Online Store.
    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Tuesday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

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

    - Your team at Don Head Village Animal Clinic