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Senior Dog Care

We are very fortunate that our dogs are living longer and healthier lives now, due to advances in food and medical care. As our dog’s age, their needs change. Older dogs are prone to a variety of age-related conditions that can be managed. Bi-annual examinations and blood tests are key in detecting these conditions early and assist in prolonging your dog’s life.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?

It depends on the size and breed of your dog, however, as a general rule 7-years-old is when we consider our dog’s seniors or ‘geriatric.’

What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?

Similar to ourselves, senior dogs suffer from health issues as they age. These issues include but are not limited to arthritis, urinary and kidney disease, dental conditions, heart disease and some forms of cancer.

How should I care for my senior dog? (example: schedule regular checkup, exercise, etc.)

For a healthy senior dog we recommend bi-annual checkups that include a blood and occasionally urine test. These check-ups determine if we need to adjust anything in their routine care to help prolong their lives. We also recommend a senior-specific diet and keeping them both mentally and physically active.

I have been a client at this Veterinary clinic for many years and have always found Doctors and staff very…

Rick Brown

I have been a client of Sunrise since moving to NL 15 years ago. My senior fur baby received top…

Pamela Marks

Very happy with the service! Great staff, very thorough and caring. It is the only vet we have been attending…

Terry Oliver

The staff at Sunrise are so kind and friendly. There is no doubt that they care for the pets they…

Jenn Nf

Thank you so much to Dr. Ashley and the staff Sunrise for your kind, professionalism when I brought Joplin in…

Alicia Colbert


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