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.

Cognitive Dysfunction

Has your pet ever done something out of the ordinary and you hear yourself thinking “he’s just getting old?” Perhaps you thought your furry family member is going senile? Well, you may be right; there is a condition of animal senility called Cognitive Dysfunction.

Cognitive dysfunction has a similar appearance to Alzheimer’s disease in humans. Owners may notice changes in their beloved pet such as changes in activity level, new patterns of interaction with their family, new sleeping patterns and excessive vocalizing.

The mechanism behind the cause of cognitive dysfunction is not known, but research suspects it is similar to humans – a build-up of sticky proteins around the cells of the brain which disrupts the transmission of signals.

If you’re worried that your pet may have cognitive dysfunction, it is important that your veterinarian rule out all serious medical conditions first. Your veterinarian may provide you with a checklist, called DISHAA, to help you identify if your pet is exhibiting signs of cognitive dysfunction.

Treatment for cognitive dysfunction includes managing your pets’ environment – providing extra bathroom breaks, a night light or a new daily routine. There are special diets to help your senior pet with cognitive dysfunction that is fortified with medium-chain triglycerides and antioxidants. Ask your vet if one of these diets might be right for your pet.

Watching your special furry family member get older can be hard, but with the help of your veterinarian, you can bring in their golden years with a smile on your face.

Written by: Dr. Leah Kahn, DVM

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Your Pet Gazette - Spring Issue

Tick Prevention Recommended Tick prevention remains a priority for our pets this spring: As the temperatures rise above 4 degrees, ticks become active and quest for food.  Toronto Parks, woodland trails, grassy regions, and leaf piles all have the potential to contain ticks just waiting to hitch a ride on pets and humans.  As we are already seeing pets with ticks this spring, our veterinarians feel that it is important to maintain vigilance by using tick protection on our pets.

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Last updated: June 5, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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 still OPEN with the following hours:
MONDAY: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
TUESDAY - FRIDAY: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
SATURDAY: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Annex Animal Hospital