Senior Care for Pets

As your furry friend enters their golden years, they require special care. Your senior pet undergoes many changes which lead to an increased possibility of them developing illnesses. This is why our veterinarians recommend routine examinations to catch any signs of illness. Senior pets need two veterinary exams each year. At Fredericton Animal Hospital our senior pet exams typically include bloodwork, mobility evaluation, uterine testing and full physical exam.

How can I tell if my pet is getting older?

There are many signs you can use to tell if your pet is getting older. These signs happen slowly overtime and so it helps that you pay close attention to your furry friends. As you notice changes you should relay them to your veterinarian so your pet can be examined. Here are some signs your pet is getting older:

1. Less playful/ active
2. Eyelid tumours
3. Greying on top of the head or chest and muzzle
4. Poor eyesight and hearing
5. Decrease/increase in drinking, eating and urination
6. More lumps

At what age is my pet considered a senior?

This may vary according to each pet based on their breed. Smaller breed dogs to medium-sized dogs are considered seniors from age eight to ten. Bigger breed dogs between five or six are considered seniors. Cats are generally considered seniors from eight years and older. We encourage you to reach out to our veterinarians to help determine if your individual pet is a senior. To schedule an appointment call 506.455.1700.

What are common health issues in senior pets?

As your loyal companion gets older their health begins to decline. Senior pets need regular exams to catch illnesses in the early stages. Our hospital regularly sees senior pets suffering from:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Hormone disorder
  • Liver and kidney problems
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease

    If your pet is suffering from any of these conditions, our team at Fredericton Animal Hospital will work with you to develop a plan that can treat symptoms related to their aging. Our entire team’s top priority is to have your senior pet live a normal, healthy and happy life.

  • Last updated: October 20, 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!


  • We are currently allowing 1 client per pet appointment to enter the hospital.
  • For everyone's safety, we have social distancing protocols in place and all staff and clients must wear a mask.
  • All exam rooms are disinfected between each appointment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method. Cash will be accepted if necessary.
  • If you need to purchase food, please order online or drop by the clinic during regular hours. Shipping is free for online orders over $100 and only $5 for orders over $50.
  • For prescription refills, complete the online refill order form or text 506.455.1700. Ordering online is the fastest and easiest way to obtain a medication refill.

    Clients must confirm their appointments 24 hours before their scheduled time slot at the latest. We will cancel appointments of clients who do not confirm and give the appointment to waitlisted patients.


    We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who verbally, emotionally, or physically harm any of our teammates.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday to Sunday: CLOSED

    Please note that after 6:00pm, our phone lines will be answered by our triage service, Guardian Vets.

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

    - Your dedicated team at Fredericton Animal Hospital