Senior Care for Pets

Age is just a number but for pets, they’re sometimes aging at triple the rate of humans. As our pets get older, the type of care they receive needs to age with them. This means reassessing the ways their needs are being met to ensure we are providing as much support as possible. Thanks to advances in the medical field, we have tools and resources that help pets live longer lives. We want to do our best to provide quality care so your pet is around for a long time, and have more good days than bad.

What are signs my pet is aging?

You know your pet best so you have unique insight into subtle and major differences in their behaviour/appearance. Symptoms include if they are:

  • Less active or playful with your family
  • Spending more time than usual sleeping
  • Significant lost or gained
  • Less likely to reach or jump to their favourite spots
  • Not responding when you call them
  • Eating less of food they enjoy
  • Seeming more reserved and not wanting to interact

    Are there health issues I should look out for in my senior pet?

    Yes, as your pet ages, they might develop health issues they didn’t experience earlier in life. Some pets develop diseases like cancer, health failure, diabetes, kidney and renal failure. It’s important to be vigilant about even minor changes in your pet because they can be early signs of these health issues. Some of these signs might look like changes in their bathroom schedules, amount of movement and level of thirst.

    How can I give my pet a good quality of life as they age?

    Depending on your pet’s unique needs, our team can recommend specific ways you can ensure they maintain a high quality of life. For example, some pets develop arthritis as they age. Our team offers laser therapy that helps ease the aches and pains of pets with arthritis. Please contact us at 403.335.3519 to discuss ways we can support your senior pets.

  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 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 Didsbury Veterinary Services