Senior Care

Our faithful companions can live a good life with us. Their needs will change over the years and it is important to be on the lookout for symptoms that could indicate the onset of disease. The annual physical examination is a good starting point and your veterinarian might also suggest a full blood panel for further investigations. Let us steer you through the treatments and prevention measures your pet will need during these golden years.

At what age is my pet considered a senior?

Animals are considered seniors when they are 7 years old. They enter the geriatric phase of their lives when they are 15 years old. Our pets have a shorter life expectancy than humans.

10 years for a cat is equivalent to 56 human years. It is not uncommon for cats to live until the age of 20, which is the equivalent of 96 for a human being!

Life expectancy varies depending on the dog. Large dogs tend to have a shorter life expectancy than smaller dogs.

It is important to tell the veterinary staff if you noticed any behavioural changes, decreased or increased appetite, weight gain or loss, increased thirst or more abundant urine in the litter box. All this valuable information will help us establish an action plan!

How should I care for my senior dog?

The different stages of your pet’s life require a specific diet, health care and exercise regimen to meet their individual needs. The annual check-up is the perfect opportunity to discuss the needs of your senior dog. Our veterinary team is a valuable resource to answer all of your questions.

How should I care for my senior cat?

Senior cats require a diet that is adapted to their needs and a yearly check-up with blood work and a urinalysis. Depending on the results of the diagnostic tests, the veterinarian will be able to make nutritional recommendations and tell you how often you should come for senior pet visits.

Why does my senior cat have behavioural problems?

Behavioural problems are often a symptom of an undiagnosed underlying disease. They may have primary behavioural disorders, but those are rarer.

What are common health problems of senior pets?

The most common problems encountered in senior cats are obesity, periodontal diseases, arthritis, heart problems, diabetes, kidney diseases and feline hyperthyroidism.

As for senior dogs, the most common health problems are obesity, arthritis, diabetes, periodontal diseases, cognitive dysfunction and hypothyroidism.

Last updated: May 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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 am - 8 pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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 Hull Veterinary Hospital