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.
Dogs age much faster than humans. Fortunately, with improved nutrition and advancements in veterinary medicine, they are living longer than ever. We are here to guide you through the aging process and help keep your dog healthy and fit for as many years as possible.
Different breeds of dogs age at different rates. Generally speaking, dogs are considered senior at about 7 years of age, but for giant breeds we consider 5 years of age to be senior. Dogs of age 10 years and up require geriatric care.
What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?
Joint ailments, dental disease, impaired liver and kidney functions, weight gain, vision and hearing loss are amongst some of the more common health issues for senior dogs. Regular examinations and wellness check-ups can assist us with early detection of age-related problems. When treated early, sometimes we can slow the progression of disease and help to keep your dog more comfortable during their senior years.
How should I care for my senior dog?
Annual examinations and blood tests are an essential factor in caring for senior pets. Bi-annual examinations are recommended for geriatric patients over age 10-12 and for any pets with ongoing chronic medical conditions that need to be monitored more regularly. Our veterinarians will make recommendations about diet, supplements, and exercise customized to your senior dog’s needs.
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.
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 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!