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Senior Dog Care

Dogs age just like people do, but faster! As your pet ages, it is important for us to see your dog more often in order to detect diseases earlier, so we can help them to age gracefully and pain-free.

When does a dog become a senior?

There is no one age at which a dog is considered a senior. It differs between breeds, their overall health, and individual variation. For example, larger breed dogs tend to become senior earlier than small breeds.

What are common senior dog health issues?

Common senior dog health issues are dental disease, osteoarthritis, cancer, organ disease and cognitive dysfunction.

How should I care for my senior dog?

It is very important to bring your senior dog in for regular checkups and blood work, as that is the best way to detect the disease early in the process and to continue to prevent disease. In addition, feeding a healthy diet, regular exercise, mental stimulation, maintaining oral health and keeping your dog at a healthy body weight will help ease the transition into seniorhood. And as mobility declines, modifying their accommodations can make both you and your dog’s life much easier. Things, like adding ramps, providing comfier beds and good traction on floors, will go a long way when managing dogs with mobility issues.

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Last updated: July 28, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED


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!

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital