Senior Month

older dogs and cats careSenior Months at Granville Island Veterinary Hospital are April and May

Once your pet is over sixty years old in human years, they have officially reached senior citizen status. As pets mature, changes to the kidneys, liver, heart and thyroid may occur. Initially, these changes may not show any visibile symptoms. We can detect these changes through simple blood and urine tests and by monitoring heart pressure. Early detection and treatment can help your pet live a longer and happier life. 

Senior patients are of great importance to us; we want to ensure that your senior pet can live the healthiest and longest life possible. In order to further help with this, we would like to offer a $30.00 discount towards a Blood Profile and Urinalysis for your senior pet during the months of April and May. As part of the comprehensive senior pet exam, we may also measure your pet's blood pressure, as hypertension is a well recognized risk in older animals. 

Please call 604.734.7744 to schedule your appointment or if you have any questions about this procedure.

Older dog and cats careWhat does "old age" mean for dogs?

As a general rule of thumb, a dog who is 7 years or older should be considered middle aged to senior aged.

What is "normal" for an older dog?

  • Weight changes due to body's metabolism changes
  • Show more gray hair on the muzzle and around the eyes
  • Calluses on larger breed dog's elbows
  • Thicker foot pads and nails
  • Decreased mobility such as going up and down stairs, jumping into the car

What things should I expect as my dog ages?

  • Slowing down
  • Arthritis
  • Graying around the face, muzzle
  • Reduced hearing
  • Dental disease
  • Decreased immune system
  • Decreased heart function
  • Lung capacity decreased
  • Decrease in kidney function
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Decreased liver function

Do not give human pain medications to your pet without first consulting your veterinarian. Please call 604.734.7744 to schedule your appointment or if you have any questions. Some human products, including over-the-counter medications, can be fatal for pets.