VCA San Martin Animal Hospital

Dog Life Stages - Senior (7+ years old)

Senior Tips

If you find that your dog is eating less but still putting on weight, it may be due to a slowdown of metabolism or a decrease in activity. Ask your vet for advice on your dog’s nutritional requirements.

Do as much as you can to prevent fleas and ticks. Make sure your dog and his environment (bed, play area) are spotlessly clean.

Besides your dog’s usual complete physical exam, your vet may conduct urine and fecal analysis and blood work. Ultrasounds and other imaging tests may also be recommended.

Senior Best Care Checkup

It’s a question on every pet owner’s mind. How long do dogs live? The answer is different for every dog, but if you participate in a comprehensive care program like Senior Best Care, a long healthy life is very possible. From annual diagnostic testing to fecal exams to X-rays, VCA puts senior dog care at the top of the list.

Learn more about this special package, or call us at 408-683-4777 to make an appointment today.

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Senior Center

Caring for a senior dog involves a bit more time and attention than caring for a younger one. But you’ve come to the right place for tips, tricks, advice and the latest news on senior dog care.

Basic Care
Research everything you need to know about caring for an older dog. Here you’ll find links to articles on basic care including exercise, medications and more.

Older dogs may need lower-calorie diets to help prevent against obesity and higher fiber diets to improve gastrointestinal health. Learn how to manage your older dog’s nutritional needs here.

More frequent vet visits are a must for senior dogs. It’s also important to look out for warning signs of a medical emergency. Read more to learn what to look for.

Older dogs have the ability to focus for a much longer period of time. Which is good news if you’re interested in training. Read more here about training mature dogs.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

If you have an emergency, please give us a call right away at (408) 683-4777. We are open until 8pm every weekday! 

If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.