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As your dog ages, many of the basic needs, from diet to exercise, will begin to change. Regular wellness exams with your veterinarian will help to promote your dog’s health and longevity through routine preventive care, recognize and control your animal’s specific health risks and detect any illnesses at the earliest stage.
Different sized dogs age at varying rates, with larger dogs reaching senior status earlier than smaller dogs. Most would agree that on average, a dog becomes a senior between 7-10 years of age. Size, genetics, nutrition and environment will all play a role in how quickly your dog ages.
What are common senior dog health issues?
Arthritis, dental disease, liver disease, cognitive decline (senility), cancer, hearing and vision loss and kidney disease. Many of these illnesses can be noted by owners, so it is important that you monitor changes in your dog’s health and behaviour.
How should I care for my senior dog?
First and foremost, schedule regular wellness exams with your veterinarian. The purpose of these wellness exams is to promote health, longevity and comfort and detect any illnesses at their earliest stages. Remember it is much cheaper and easier to prevent disease than it is to treat it! Secondly, your veterinarian will likely recommend some baseline laboratory tests (e.g. blood work, urinalysis, blood pressure). As well, it is important to keep your dog at an ideal body weight, to take care of your dog’s teeth, and provide plenty of toys to keep your senior dog active and stimulated. Finally, depending on your dog’s health issues, your veterinarian may recommend supplementing your dog with fatty acids, a diet change, and special accommodations in the house (e.g. ramps, carpets, bedding changes). As your dog ages, many of his basic needs will begin to change. Your veterinarian will help you understand what it takes to keep your senior dog happy and healthy.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!