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Senior Care for Pets

As veterinary professionals, our goal is to give your pets the best quality and longevity of life as possible. Old age is not a disease, but certain diseases can be age related. Some conditions that can affect dogs and cats, such as kidney, heart, thyroid and dental disease, can start to appear as your pet ages. The earlier we detect these health problems, the earlier we can get on top of them.

How should I care for my senior dog/cat/pet?

Proper care early on in your pet’s life, and maintaining that as they move on to adulthood and their later years will help slow the progression of disease will greatly improve your pet’s quality of life and longevity. As an owner, you play a major role in making sure that they get regular appointments, proper nutrition and exercise, as well as the right vaccines and preventative medications.

Regular exams, bloodwork and urinalysis are all important monitoring tools that give us information that can help us keep your pets healthy. Having an aging pet, especially with multiple health problems, can be overwhelming. Keeping track of medication, trying to encourage them to eat, dealing with mobility and senility and even incontinence can be both time consuming and emotionally difficult. We are here to help you.

What treatments do senior dogs/cats/pets need?

Here at Coastland, we offer a variety of services that may benefit your aging pet. The place to start is with a health exam. The veterinarian will perform a thorough exam on your pet. Blood work is often recommended to help us determine the level of your pet’s organ functions.

Dietary recommendations are often made as well. It’s incredible how a simple diet change can improve your pet’s overall health, especially if their kidneys are compromised, which happens quite often in senior pets. All senior pets have some level of arthritis and along with this comes mobility issues. Acupuncture and rehabilitation can help your pet feel more comfortable.

Last updated: July 28, 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.


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

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday & 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 Coastland Veterinary Hospital