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Senior Dog Care

At Riverview Animal Hospital, we always say age is just a number! Different breeds enter their golden years at different ages. As your pet enters this phase of their life, they may have additional needs that we can help with. Annual bloodwork to monitor your dog’s internal organ function and other routine testing can help ensure your dog lives a long and happy life.

When does a dog become a senior?

Most dogs enter their senior years, between the ages of seven and ten. Large breed dogs tend to age faster than smaller breed dogs, usually resulting in them becoming a senior sooner.

What are common senior dog health issues?

Some of the most common health issues seen in senior dogs are arthritis, gum disease, blindness, kidney disease, and cancer. Annual health exams with your dog’s veterinarian can help with early disease detection.

How should I care for my senior dog?

Regular checkups with your veterinarian, feeding your dog a highly nutritional diet, maintaining a healthy body condition score, regular exercise, and oral health care are all elements of senior pet care.

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Last updated: March 9, 2021

Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

EMERGENCY CASES

- If possible, please call us at 506.387.4015 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 506.387.4015, and we'll provide further instructions.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

WE ARE CHANGING OUR EMERGENCY SYSTEM INTO A TRUE TRIAGE-BASED SYSTEM

We will no longer have suggested appointment times for urgent care situations.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

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