Senior Care for Pets

For us veterinary professionals, witnessing our patients grow into adulthood and senior-age brings us so much joy. We are honoured to help them reach this point in their life, by providing them with the best medical care to support their development. Now, more than ever, your furry friend will need more attention from our team, so they can have a high quality of life at this stage. Senior pets are more susceptible to injuries and disease, so it is important they see us for more frequent exams and check-ups. To learn about how we can help your older pet, please do not hesitate to call us at 403.239.4657.

When do pets reach senior age?

Furry family members reach milestones much faster than us. Cats, for example, are considered senior age at around 11-years-old and geriatric at approximately 14-years-old. There is a bit more nuance when it comes to our canine friends depending on their breed and size. Small dogs reach senior status at around 11-years-old, medium-sized dogs at roughly 10 years, while the larger breeds are seen as seniors at the 8-year mark.

How should I take care of my senior pet?

The most important thing you can do for your pet is bring them to our veterinary team regularly for full health exams at least once every 6 months. When it comes to senior pets, you need to be on your “A-game” to ensure they get regular exercise, have an age-appropriate diet, healthy teeth, are updated on their parasite protection and vaccines, and that they receive proper socialization with you, other people and other animals. All of these factors will be explained to you by your veterinarian during a consultation. The main thing to remember is that senior pets need extra love and attention.

What are the common ailments of senior pets?

Yes, unfortunately our golden-aged companions are more likely to be diagnosed with all types of health issues. But with early diagnosis and a proper treatment routine, they can still thrive and have a high quality of life. Here at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic, the most common diseases that affect our older patients are:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Blindness
  • Dental disease
  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease

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    Dear valued clients,

    We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. Due to the high increase in positive COVID-19 cases we have returned to locked door/curbside policy effective January 4, 2022.

    Only pets will be allowed in the clinic. Owners are asked to please stay in the parking lot while pets are being seen.

    We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • When you arrive in our parking lot for an appointment, please remain in your vehicle and call (403)239-4657. After speaking with the vet one of our team members will meet you on the sidewalk outside the hospital to bring your pet inside. Please wear a mask when engaging with staff.
  • You must remain in the parking lot while we treat your pet. Doctors may be calling from an unknown number to discuss findings, please make sure you can receive such calls.
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • For food and mediation pick up please call the clinic when you have arrived and one of our staff members will let you know when to meet them outside the door for pick up. Please call ahead to place your orders.
  • Please give us a minimum of 2 business days for orders of food and medication to arrive.
  • Payment over the phone with credit/debit is preferred.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been out of the country in the last 10 days, please reschedule your appointment or send someone else to bring in your pet. Please ensure that the designated person is registered in our files.
  • We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us.

    - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic