We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416.423.3042. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, & closed Saturday to Sunday
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.