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Senior Dog Care

Senior Dog Care

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.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


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.

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Your Pet Gazette - What will a visit to the vet look like this fall/winter?

It's been a challenging year for many of you and we want to reassure you that the availability of veterinary care for your pets is not something you need to worry about.  We are prepared to continue providing a high standard of veterinary care for your furry family members during the fall and winter months.  We continue to perform routine medicine and urgent care appointments as well and surgery and dental services. Read on to learn more about your next visit to the hospital.

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Last updated: December 3, 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: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

2020 Holiday Hours
Dec 21-23: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Dec 24: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dec 31: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

To ensure you have adequate supplies for the holiday season, please order prescription refills by December 14th. Please consider ordering your pet’s food through our online store.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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