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Senior Care for Pets

At Champlain Animal Hospital, seeing your pet grow from their early days as puppies and kittens to their golden years brings us great joy. We are humbled to have your trust and to be considered as your collaborator in keeping your pet healthy for so many years. As pets enter senior age, they require even more attention and specialized care. Senior furry pets are more likely to experience hearing and vision loss, arthritis, dementia, dental problems and several other issues. At this stage, it is absolutely vital that your pet is regularly seen by their veterinarian, so that we can get ahead of any potential problems.

At what age is my dog or cat considered to be senior?

Our pets grow and develop much faster than us. Cats, for instance, are considered to be seniors at approximately 11-years-old. Feline friends who are 14-years-old and above are considered to be geriatric. (Fun Fact: Many cats live well past 14 years. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest cat lived for 38 years!) Dogs, on the other hand, are seniors once they are between 7 and 11-years-old.

How should I care for my senior pet?

The most important thing to keep in mind is that senior pets need extra attention, from both you and our veterinary team. We recommend that you bring them in the hospital for a wellness exam once or twice per year. Regular checkups will allow us to get ahead of any developing health issues. Please call us to schedule your pet’s next appointment, if it has been a while since they last visited the hospital. Keeping your older pet mentally and physically active at home will also make a great difference. Easy walks, swimming and brain-stimulating toys will help keep them engaged. Keeping them at a healthy weight will also boost their resilience. Please call us at 705.742.4243 if you have any further questions.


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Dear Clients,

With the upcoming changes to masking requirements for Ontario, we would like to share our updated protocols.

As a large group working very closely together, our staff will continue to wear face masks to help ensure that we stay healthy and are able to provide the best medical care we can.

It has been so nice to welcome clients back into the clinic. As we ease into reopening, we will continue to keep our doors locked for the time being. If you require assistance, please call (705) 742-4243, or knock on the door and we will be happy to assist you.

Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment or surgery admission, please call to let us know that you are here. The doctor or technician will call you as soon as we are ready for you. At this time, they may ask you for some further information prior to you bringing your pet into the hospital.

We will be continuing to offer curbside pickup for food and medications at this time.

As always, as things change we will continue to update our protocols as we feel necessary. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call us or email christinep@cahpet.ca


If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 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 Champlain Animal Hospital