519.641.8383

Senior Care for Pets

As your loyal companion gets older, they require more care and special attention. At Komoka- Kilworth Animal Clinic, we understand the needs of senior pets and take pride in providing preventative and proper treatments. We currently have a senior wellness plan that is bound to keep your furry friend in the best shape and health through their golden years. This plan catches potential problems in the early stages where they can be easily treated or managed.

When is my pet considered a senior?

Dogs are considered seniors from 7 years old, and cats 8 years and older are seniors. Our veterinarian can help determine the seniority of your pet.

What are signs that my pet is getting older?

  • Less energy
  • Less mobility due to arthritis
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Senses lessened (hearing, seeing, smelling)
  • Confusion due to dementia
  • Grey hairs

What are common health issues in senior pets?

The older your pets are, the more likely they are to develop health issues. For this reason, it is important to have regular checkups before and during senior years. Normal checkups before their golden age help establish what is the baseline or normal health for your pet. This makes it easier to catch any changes in health and treat them. Senior pets are commonly treated for:

1. Diabetes
2. Arthritis
3. Dementia
4. Hormone disorder
5. Cancer

The earlier these illnesses are caught, the better chances your pet has of fighting the disease.

How can I care for my senior pet?

A major part of caring for your senior pet is having regular checkups. We understand that not all pets are the same, and so our team takes great pride in developing a senior wellness plan specifically for your loyal companion. With the right wellness plan, your furry friend’s quality of life can be improved by preventing or reducing pain. We may create special nutritional plans, exercise and environmental modifications that cater to your pet’s needs. At home, you can administer their medications on time, make their beds more comfortable and give them social engagements to keep their spirits high. If you want to learn more about our senior wellness program, call us at 519.641.8383.

Last updated: September 3, 2021

Dear Clients,

Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. Based on the current provincial 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed exam 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 let you know when you will be able to enter the reception area. Once the doctor is ready to examine your pet we will have a staff member bring them into the exam room. The Veterinarian will come speak with you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, please remain in the designated seating area until the receptionist is ready to take your 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    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 Komoka-Kilworth Animal Clinic