Senior Care for Pets

A pet’s senior years are truly golden. Older animals tend to be happy because they are settled into a familiar routine and role in your life. Different breeds enter this phase at different times. When your pet reaches the advanced stages of life they will require new forms of care because their bodies are experiencing changes. We will need to make adjustments to their diet, exercise and healthcare practices. Our veterinarians can help you accommodate your pet’s transition. New habits for them is also a lifestyle change for your family. To learn more about how we can help you and your pet as they age, contact us at 780.444.1324.

What are some common problems pets develop in their older age?

Like humans, when pets reach old age they’re more susceptible to wear and tear. By keeping an eye on your pet, you should be able to recognize some of the changes mentioned below. They may show signs of:

  • Memory lapses or confusion
  • Hip dysplasia, which makes it uncomfortable for them to walk or run
  • Orthopedic problems in joints and bones (e.g. arthritis)
  • Hypothyroidism, which slows your pet down and leads to obesity and poor heart health
  • Eye problems, like cataracts and other issues, which impair vision and lead to blindness
  • Cancers
  • Declining kidney and bladder functions

    Many of these conditions can be identified through blood tests during their physical exams. In fact, as they age, we recommend their visits be semi-annual to increase chances of early detection. Solutions range from medication to surgery depending on the severity. Of course, our veterinarians can discuss other resources available, particularly devices to help animals with orthopedic problems. We can usually teach your pet new ways to work around any health issue.

    How can I help my pet as they get older?

    Over time, your cat or dog may need help with simple activities of daily living. Former pleasures, like jumping to catch a toy, should be avoided to prevent pain, injury and further deterioration. It’s important to treat your pet gently and not to push them beyond their abilities. Minor adjustments can help your pet continue functioning relatively normal for as long as possible. What they value most as they age is spending time with the ones they love. Show them lots of affection through touch and engage them in calm activities, like swimming and scavenger hunts.

  • Date: Sept 17, 2021

    Dear valued clients,

    As you are aware, our region is seeing increased cases of COVID-19, and as a result more stringent pandemic response measures have been put in place by our government.

    To ensure that we follow these new controls, our veterinary practice is returning to limited clinic access as well as drop off appointments with communications being over the phone or through a protective shield.

    The details of this protocol are outlined below:

    1. Clients are allowed only in the reception area, limited to 3 clients in at once, and 1 client in our cubicle. No clients will be allowed in the exam rooms with their pet at this time unless under special circumstances.

    2. Pets MUST be in a carrier or in a proper fitting harness and leash. Aggressive dogs must arrived with a proper fitting muzzle. If you do not have any of these please ask for them.

    3. You must remain in your vehicle, or at least 6 feet away from our doors, while we treat your pet unless instructed otherwise.

    4. You must have a phone with you at your appointment so that we can contact you about your pet. If we cannot contact you and obtain consent to treat your pet, your appointment will be delayed, which will delay others.

    5. Unfortunately, only 1 person will be allowed in the exam room for attended euthanasias.

    6. Please allow up to 72 hours for your medications to be refilled, as well as messages to be returned by your veterinarian.

    7. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, we won't know that until you come to the front desk to inform us. It is standard that our staff members ask everyone to wear a mask. Please do not be offended by this. We will find another way to accommodate you and your pet.

    Our number one priority is client and staff safety while your pet continues to receive the care they deserve.

    With this system, we hope to provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members.

    With that in mind we thank you for your kindness and patience with us in advance as these circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

    These measures are temporary and we will reassess as new information is released. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team.

    Together we can all help stop the spread of COVID-19.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 780-444-1324.

    Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you might experience when reaching out to us.

    - The Team at Parkwest Pet Clinic.