Senior Care for Pets

Senior pets might require more care dedicated care to the changes in their body and temperament. You may notice subtle changes in your pet, like reduced mobility or unusual tiredness, that progress overtime, which could be linked to aging. Our veterinary team is here to ensure you and your pet enjoy their golden years to the fullest, with the help of comprehensive healthcare.

When is my pet considered a senior?

Depending on your pet’s breed, they might age at a slower or more rapid rate. For example, smaller breeds tend to age slower so they might qualify for the senior citizen discount by their 7th birthday. Larger pets, on the other hand, age at a faster rate and might only need to wait till their 6th birthday to qualify. Though we don’t technically offer a senior discount at our hospital, senior pets, like our other patients, sure do get special treatment!

How often should I take my senior pet to the vet?

It might be helpful to increase your pet’s visits so we can keep up-to-date with any changes to their health. We recommend booking senior wellness exams for your pet twice a year. As your pet ages, they are more susceptible to health issues like arthritis, cancer, heart disease and other health conditions that worsen with age. Early detection of health conditions means we can diagnose and create a treatment plan that might reduce its impact on your pet’s health. If you need to book your pet’s wellness exam, please contact us at 902.865.6400.

What other changes should I make to my pet’s care?

It’s normal for your pet to undergo changes with aging but this means also making adjustments to the type of care you give them. For example, you might notice your pet has difficulty moving around your home or climbing up the stairs, like they used to. This might mean installing ramps that help with accessibility or moving your pet’s bed or food to easier to reach places. You may also need to adjust their diet to include more easily digestive foods or adjust their caloric intake, with our support, if they’re overweight. Another good idea is to include more stimulating activities into your pet’s daily routine to help them stay mentally active.

Last updated: June 23, 2022.

Dear Clients,

We want to thank everyone for their patience in recent months. We have adhered, as strictly as we could, to the Public Health Directives throughout COVID and with this in mind, we are pleased to say that masks are no longer mandatory at our hospital. You may still see staff wearing masks when in close contact with clients. This is a purely personal choice. 

Our doors are now open and you are welcome to accompany your pets into the clinic for their appointments.

We require at least 48-72 hours for all medication refills as we are still experiencing delays with some items, but we will inform you of any backordered items.

We can still receive your food orders via phone or email, however, we now have an online store that you can access directly from the front page of our website. Please check out the free shipping and autoship discounts available.

Due to being short staffed at this time, we ask for your patience and kindness as we try to navigate through these busy times. We are doing the very best we can. If the phone is busy, please email or attempt to call again.


Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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

 - Your dedicated team at Sackville Animal Hospital