Senior Care for Pets

It may seem like only yesterday your pet was a playful puppy or frisky kitten. Did you know dogs are considered “senior citizens” around 7 or 8 years of age, while cats are considered old at the 11 year mark? Like you, your pet’s medical needs change as they grow older. Now that they’ve reached their golden years, they will require geriatric care. Our veterinarians have developed a comprehensive senior wellness program for pets entering this stage of their life. To learn more about our specialized senior care, contact us at 403.984.4143.

What are the benefits of senior care?

The key to keeping your older pet healthy is preventive care. Senior care allows us to monitor their well-being as they age. Through semi-annual wellness exams, blood, urine and parasite testing and other preventive measures we can spot potential health risks before they become chronic and difficult to treat. Our veterinarians and staff work with you to develop a wellness plan that considers your pet’s unique needs and lifestyle. We also provide annual blood pressure evaluations for all dogs and cats over 7 years of age. This allows for early detection of high blood pressure, before organ damage may occur.

How do I know my pet needs senior care?

You may notice your pet has less energy, has difficulty moving or is less keen to play. Sometimes there are visible physical changes. A dog’s fur will get grey around their head or muzzle, while cats will struggle to groom and need help to stay clean. These are just a few signs your pet is reaching their old age. In some cases, your pet’s changed behaviour could indicate an underlying medical issue, like cancer or kidney disease, which often develops at an older age. This is why we suggest semi-annual veterinary exams. The sooner we can detect illnesses, the better we can treat them.

Last updated: August 24, 2021

Dear Clients,

Based on the most recent COVID-19 precautions announced by our provincial government, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, bloodwork, 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
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Rocky Ridge Pet Hospital