Senior Care

No matter how much we would like to have our four-legged companion at our side forever, aging is an inevitable step in a pet’s life. What we can do is make their last years comfortable and enjoyable for them. This means offering proper care and adapting their daily routine to their changing needs.

What are the signs of aging in cats and dogs?

As pets get older, they may show the following signs: increased or decreased appetite (along with weight change), gastrointestinal problems (such as vomiting or diarrhea), less energy or liveliness than usual (less interest in playing or being active, spends more time sleeping than before) and a change in their habits or behaviour (more aggressive or fearful, relieves themselves next to the litter box or has accidents).

At what age is a pet considered to be a “senior”?

Cats and dogs are generally considered seniors between seven and ten years old, depending on species, breed and size.

Does my senior pet need special care?

Pets have an increased risk of developing health problems as they get older. These include arthritis, kidney disease and heart problems. Care for your aging pet therefore includes frequent checkups at the vet. Once you’ve noticed signs that your dog or cat is reaching old age, we recommend one or two visits to the vet per year.

Last updated: September 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Clinique Vétérinaire Dre Suzanne Marcil