Senior Care for Pets

The golden years of your cherished pet’s life are critical. As your pet gets older, they are prone to illnesses and require special care. Our veterinarians are experts on the care that your loyal companion needs and we regularly provide treatment for illnesses associated with aging.

My pet is 7 years old, are they considered senior?

That depends, if your pet is a dog then yes. Dogs that are 7 years and older are considered seniors. Cats are considered seniors from 8 years old. Despite their age, your pet can be in really good health and might not show any signs of aging. Our veterinarians can determine your pet’s age.

What are signs that my pet is getting older?

  • Loss of their appetite
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Less energy
  • Develop hearing problems
  • Increase or decrease in their eating, drinking and urinating

    What are common health issues in senior pets?

    As your pet gets older, they are at a greater risk of developing illnesses. Regular checkups can detect illnesses in the early stages. Senior pets often suffer from kidney/liver problems, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, hormone disorder and cognitive dysfunction (similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans). These diseases can be life-threatening and should be treated immediately.

    What can I do to provide special care for my senior pet?

    You should work with your veterinarian so you know how to attend to the special needs of your pet. Our team will create a program for your senior pet that includes regular wellness examinations, nutritional plans, exercise and special accommodations for your specific pet. Schedule an appointment with us by calling 204.452.9010.

  • 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Sunday and Holidays: 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 Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital