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Senior Dog Care

Senior Dog Care

As our pets get older, it is important for them to see their Veterinarian regularly. We can detect any changes and help them live a long and healthy life.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?

The age to determine if your pet is a senior is dependent on size and breed life expectancy. Most smaller breed dogs are considered senior at age 7-8 while some giant breeds could be considered senior at 5-6 years of age.

How should I care for my senior dog? (example: schedule regular check-ups, exercise, special diet, etc.)

Senior pets should continue to see their veterinarian at least once a year and sometimes every 6 months. Many of our seniors benefit from a general health screen that checks how their organs are functioning. They also benefit from different food that is formulated for their changing dietary requirements. On your next visit ask us if we can provide any recommendations for diet.


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Last updated: April 17, 2021

McKnight Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, McKnight Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building.


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.

Reminder: Wait times are very long so please be patient with us as we do our best to accommodate everyone. Polite and courteous treatment of staff is required. We are trying our best to provide care for your pets. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

- Your McKnight Veterinary Team