Senior Care for Pets

So your pet has reached old age and you’ve been lucky to see them to it. This is a definitive moment in their life. They’ve passed their puppy/kitten stages, their adult routine and now they’re going to be developing a new lifestyle as an old resident of your home. Our veterinarians can prepare you for the changes your pet will experience. Call us at 902.794.7387 to learn how you can provide the best care for your pet now that they’ve reached their golden years.

What kind of changes will my pet experience when they get older?

When pets get older, their immune system becomes weaker. They’re susceptible to illnesses, infections and weight gain. As a result, they will need to be monitored more often. To support your senior pet, we expect to see them twice a year. Their annual veterinary exam will transition into semi-annual checkups. This will help us detect any medical conditions they may have faster. The sooner we can diagnose them, the better we can treat them before they develop long-term damage.

What kind of medical issues will my pet face in their old age?

The kind of medical issues a pet faces in their old age is not unlike what humans go through as they get older. Your pet’s stamina will decrease. They will need to be encouraged to go for walks and exercise to prevent weight gain. Obesity can put a strain on their body, especially if they’ve already developed arthritis. They may develop diseases in their kidney, bladder or eyes. Vision issues are not uncommon, especially cataracts, which will require them to have more support in the home and when they go outside. Mental health issues are also a concern. Some pets develop memory loss. This will make their everyday life difficult but it can be managed through proper socialization and other techniques.

Last updated: December 8, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday and Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

    *We are closed daily between 1:00pm – 2:00pm.


    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 Northside Animal Hospital