Senior Care for Pets

The golden years of your pet’s life are more critical as the care they need changes. With regular veterinary exams pet owners can learn what type of special care their senior pet needs. Ideally senior pets should be examined every six months. Getting older means your pet is more susceptible to illnesses, but that doesn’t mean their quality of life should be low. At our hospital, our team is dedicated to providing preventative treatments and recommending special care to keep senior pets living happy and well.

What are signs my pet is getting older?

There are many signs your pet is getting older, here are a few:

  1. Hearing problems
  2. Less energy
  3. Weight loss or weight gain
  4. Increase or decrease in urinating, eating or drinking
  5. Loss of appetite
  6. Differences in hair coat such as thinning or greying around the face

When is my pet considered a senior?

Cats 8 years and older are usually considered seniors. For dogs, it depends on their breed. Generally, dogs 7 years and older are seen as seniors. You should speak with your veterinarian to figure out what senior status your pet is in. Schedule an appointment at 613.531.3334 to find out more about your senior pet’s needs during this point of their life.

What are common health issues in senior pets?

Aging makes your furry friend more likely to develop various illnesses. For this reason it is especially important that senior pets have regular checkups to catch issues in the early stages so they don’t pose more serious threats to their lives. Common illnesses in senior pets include:

  1. Kidney/liver problems
  2. Cancer
  3. Arthritis
  4. Hormone disorder
  5. Cognitive dysfunction (also known as Alzheimer’s or dementia in humans)
  6. Diabetes

How can I care for my senior pets?

The care that senior pets need is different from how you would care for adults, kittens or puppies. It definitely helps to exercise more patience when caring for your senior pet as their interest in their normal lifestyle starts to decrease. It is always wise to work with a veterinarian to perform regular wellness exams and provide updates on new treatment or care that your loyal companion needs.

Last updated: July 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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


  • Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, we are allowing a maximum of 2 clients into the hospital for food and medication pick up only.
  • Face masks are still required to enter the building.
  • Our “closed waiting room” policy will remain in effect for all appointments to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 613.531.3334. 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 to offer 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, click on the “Online Store” button on the menu above.
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, click on the “Online Consultation” button on the menu above.

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: Closed
    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    – Your dedicated team at Sims Animal Hospital