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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.

Our two Yorkies were in for their annual exams and immunizations. Dr. Ryan was attentive and caring, explaining everything and…

Debbie Burton-peddle

I brought my senior shitzu to Sunrise for a recheck for a heart murmur. The receptionist was very friendly .…

Cathy Ryder

In the 7 years I’ve been back in NL I’ve never had not one single issue with Sunrise. Even when…

Crystal Smith

Dr. Wilson is always understanding and thorough in her explanations of the issues faced.

Jessica Maher

Awesome staff. Dr. Dee is the best.

Stephen Porter

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