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Senior Dog Care

As your dog ages, many of his/her basic needs, from diet to exercise, will begin to change. Dogs are very good at hiding their health problems and as an owner, it’s your responsibility to keep an eye on your senior dog to ensure that you are adjusting his routine to match changes in his body and immune system that make him less able to cope with physical and environmental stresses. Routine exams, preventive medicine, and adjustments to your dog’s lifestyle can help your loyal friend stay healthy even as the years creep up.

When does a dog become a senior?


Key factors such as size determine how dogs age at varying rates. For example, small breed dogs reach senior status at approximately nine years of age, medium breed dog at eight years and larger breed dogs at 6-7 years.
While each dog reaches “seniorhood” at a different age, most canines become seniors between 7 and 10 years old. It’s important to know your dog’s age, so you know when he/she becomes a senior.

What are common senior dog health issues?


Some issues that become more prevalent as your dog ages can include the following:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Cancer (especially testicular or breast cancer)
  3. Prostate disease
  4. Cognitive disorders
  5. Intestinal problems
  6. Deafness
  7. Dental disease
  8. Diabetes mellitus
  9. Kidney disease
  10. Liver disease
  11. Vision problems

How should I care for my senior dog? (Schedule regular check-up, exercise, etc.)


Just like us, regular health checkups become increasingly important as dogs grow older. We recommend that your senior dog should be seen at least once every six months. The purpose of these wellness exams is to do three things:

  • Promote your dog’s health and longevity.
  • Recognize and control your dog’s health risks.
  • Detect any illnesses at their earliest stages, which may improve treatment options.

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Last updated: October 14, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to the current rapid increase in positive Covid-19 cases, we will be reverting to our "closed waiting room" policy effective October 15.  Clients will no longer be allowed inside our hospital.

1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation. 

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

4. PET BOARDING & GROOMING

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. With your cooperation, our team can continue to provide outstanding care to our cherished patients, without compromising the safety of our staff and clients. Any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital