Senior Care Services for Pets

Whether you had the pleasure of seeing your pet grow from their kitten/puppy days, or if you have just welcomed a senior pet into your home from a local animal rescue, you are fortunate to be part of your pet’s life at this special stage. With the help of our veterinary team, your pet can stay healthy, active and comfortable during this time. Senior pets need more frequent check-ups and extra attention because they are vulnerable to many health complications. Schedule your next appointment today or find out about our latest services for senior pets by calling (902) 865-8110.

What conditions affect older dogs, cats and pets?

Although factors like breed, species and lifestyle mean that each pet will have a different set of health risks, there are common conditions that affect all types of senior pets. Arthritis, diabetes, cancer, senility, and various diseases concerning the heart, liver and kidneys usually develop in geriatric pets.

When do pets become old?

It really depends on their species, breed and size. Cats reach senior age at around 10 years of age. When it comes to dogs, smaller breeds are considered senior at around 10-years-old while larger breeds are senior at around 6-years-old (they tend to have shorter life spans than smaller canines). Other pets like rabbits, for example, reach senior age at around 5 years.

My older pet is behaving oddly – what does this mean and what should I do?

When it comes to older pets, changes in behaviour can often indicate there is an underlying health problem. As your pet’s primary caregiver, you must pay close attention to any changes you observe and report them to your pet’s veterinarian. Pets who are losing their hearing, for instance, may become more irritable/sensitive to sudden movements.

Last updated: April 4, 2022.

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


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


  • We are operating under an "open door" policy and clients are now allowed to accompany their pets into the building.
  • Face masks are still required to be worn in the clinic for appointments and purchases.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue to offer drive-thru services for food and medication pick-up (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".

    Monday – Friday: 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    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 Cobequid Animal Hospital