Senior Care for Pets

As pets get older, their needs and care plan grow with them. They deserve care that prioritizes their current life stage and provides them with the support they need. With the help of loving owners and our dedicated team, we want to ensure your pet lives the longest and fullest life they possibly can. This could mean altering their diet or changing the types of activities you do together. Regardless of the changes you might need to make, they help your family enjoy your pet for as long as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about supporting your aging pet, give our team a call at 604-824-5848 to book an appointment.

When does my furry friend qualify for a senior pet discount?

Please call us for our updated service rates, including any existing promotions. Depending on the breed, dogs are considered senior at around 7 years old. For cats, they are generally considered to be seniors when they reach their 10th birthday. With the development of better health and pet care, more furry family members are living past the age of 10.

What are signs of aging I should look out for in my pet?

Signs of aging manifest in different ways. It is important to make note of any changes in behaviour to better support your pet, including:

  • Differences in their hair/coat like thinning or grey hairs around their face
  • Decrease in their activity level like not wanting to climb stairs or play
  • Lumps and bumps on their body
  • Changes in their diet like eating less
  • Shifts in their behavior like withdrawing from engaging with the family
  • Bathroom accidents around the house
  • Significant weight loss or weight gain

    How can our veterinarians support your senior pet?

    Our team is here to support you and your pet by providing a holistic plan for the best ways you can take care of them. An examination helps us decide how best we can meet their needs, including a physical exam as well as blood and urine tests. We might make recommendations like medication to treat ailments or dietary changes to enhance nutrition.

    What can I do at home to support my senior pet?

    Be patient with your pet if you notice they respond less when you call their name or aren’t as interested in their favourite toys. Find new ways to engage your pet in fun and play. Ensure they have soft bedding for comfort and ramps to ease their movement to areas off the ground.

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    Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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 (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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 Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic