Senior Care Services for Pets

Senior Care Services for Pets

As your pets get older, they will need more special care and attention. Our hospital offers a senior wellness program that focuses on keeping your fur friend fit and healthy. This program also helps detect health problems earlier so that they can be managed or treated properly and right away. We recommend regular check-ups for pets before they become seniors to establish a baseline health status. Our wellness program can improve your pet’s quality of life.

When do pets become seniors?

We consider dogs that are 7 years and older to be seniors. Cats 8 years and older are recognized as senior. Our veterinarians can determine what senior status your pet is based on their breed and size or whether they are a cat or dog.

What are common health issues among senior pets?

Diagnosing health issues in pets is very important but it becomes even more critical in senior pets. There are typical signs of disease in your pet that you can look for, they range from weight loss or gain, lethargy, decrease in activity or exercise, loss of appetite, increase or decrease in eating/drinking or urinating. Common illnesses in senior pets include:
Cognitive dysfunction syndrome which is similar to Alzheimer’s in humans

  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Hormone disorder
  • Kidney and liver problems
  • Most pets do not show signs or symptoms of disease until they are advanced, so regular veterinary exams are important. Schedule a consultation for your senior pet at 604.858.6560 or email us at reception@valleyvetservices.com.

    How should I care for my senior pet?

    It is hard for pet owners to see the clinical signs of what their pet needs and so we strongly recommend that the pets undergo wellness examinations regularly.
    Working with a veterinarian allows pet owners to provide senior pets with the care that they need at their age. Our veterinarians will create a senior wellness plan for your particular pet. A senior wellness plan can treat many symptoms associated with aging. We provide medication to reduce or prevent pain, recommend nutritional and exercise plans, and suggest environmental chnges.

    Last updated: July 13, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    Our first and foremost priority remains the health and safety of our clients and staff, while maintaining our high standard of quality veterinary patient care. We have all experienced the unpredictability of this pandemic and feel strongly that adopting a cautious strategy is in the best interest of keeping everyone as safe as possible.

    Our plan going forward will be to start slowly.  

    1. The following changes are effective as of Thursday, July 15, 2021:

    2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you’re unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

    3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    4. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the “Online Consultation” link.

    We will continue to keep you advised of each step of our process as we move forward to a tentative full reopening in a few short weeks. We are so excited to start this reopening plan and can't wait to welcome ALL of you back into the clinic.

    – Your dedicated team at Valley Veterinary Services