Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Senior dogs can take a bit more care then our younger dogs, but it is important to remember that age in and of itself is not a disease. Although our senior dogs are more prone to developing a disease in their later years, there are signs and special steps that you can take to enrich their lives. This way, they can live a longer, healthier and more active life by eating right and discovering any problems, while they are still manageable.
We consider larger dogs seniors, roughly between 5-7 years of age and smaller breed dogs from 7-9 years of age. Since animals age faster than humans, they are considered to be a senior a lot earlier then what most of us would expect.
What are common senior dog health issues?
Senior dogs are prone to health concerns such as diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and debilitating arthritis. Recognizing early signs of diseases can help to improve your senior dog’s quality of life. Typical signs to look for include:
Excessive increase or decrease in eating, drinking or urinating
Decrease in activity level including walking and playing
Weight loss or gain
Dull hair coat
Depressed or lethargic
Foul odor from mouth
Hesitant to climb stairs, jumping on and off objects or getting up from laying position
How to care for senior dog?
We recommend bringing your senior dog twice a year, as your dog ages, it’s important to keep on top of their health. Animals are so good at hiding their illness and or pain until sometimes, it’s too late. It’s also good for you to know that in 6 months your pet ages roughly 3½ years!
There are a few fundamental steps that you can take to ensure your senior dog’s optimal health, include things like diet, regular vaccinations, exercise, dental health and regular check-ups by your veterinarian.
Your veterinarian will do a complete physical exam, followed by diagnostic testing which may include blood work, urinalysis and checking the stool for any parasites. All of these in combination allows your veterinarian to get the bigger picture of what may be going on inside your dog’s body.
Most of the time you won’t be able to see clinical signs, so having a wellness exam is very important to detect the early stages of a disease. Catching diseases early such as diabetes, for instance, can greatly improve overall health and longevity of your dog.
Bad breath (halitosis) in a dog or cat is usually because of poor dental health. Occasionally a dog or cat may have good teeth and still have bad breath in which case the diet is usually the cause. This is relatively rare, however, compared to the likelihood of a dental issue.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416-282-6621 (appointments ONLY at this number). We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet using social distancing methods. We will be taking payments over the phone, we are no longer taking cash at this time.
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 Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm - Friday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!