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.

Do You Notice Any of These signs of Aging in Your Pet?

Often, we miss certain signs and symptoms that can occur as gradual changes in our pets as they age. With the advancement in veterinary medicine and pet nutrition, we can often assist our pets to age more gracefully and provide them with a better quality of life for longer. Who doesn’t want more quality time with their pets?

Below you will find a checklist that includes some things to watch out for as your pet ages. Feel free to bring this along to an appointment if you have any concerns. It can be a very useful tool for your veterinarian.

Check all that apply to your pet:

BODY FUNCTIONS

  • Bad breath, red swollen gums, dribbling while drinking (circle any that apply)
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Eating habits have changed
  • Gained/lost weight
  • Drinking more water than usual
  • Urinating more frequently and/or straining to urinate
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, straining (circle all that apply)
  • Hearing loss and/or poor vision

ACTIVITY/ORTHOPAEDICS

  • Change in behaviour or activity level
  • No longer wants to play
  • Difficulty jumping and climbing stairs
  • Seems stiff and in pain
  • Difficulty negotiating the litter box
  • Resents being picked up
  • Lameness

BEHAVIOURAL/NEUROLOGICAL

  • Is not himself/herself
  • Is not seeking as much attention and interacts less with the family
  • Sleeping patterns have changed
  • Objects to being handled and/or has become aggressive
  • House-training habits have changed, sometimes has accidents
  • Seems confused or disoriented
  • Tremors or episodes of shaking

SKIN AND COAT

  • Does not groom him/herself as well
  • Scratches, licks and chews excessively
  • Changes in coat or skin
  • Skin is flaky and/or coat is scruffy
  • New lumps or bumps
  • The skin has an odour

HEART/LUNGS

  • Coughing
  • Breathing is more rapid and shallow
  • Tires rapidly or seems short of breath

Print this page or send us an email prior to your next senior pet appointment as a reference for what to talk about with the veterinarian during the pet examination.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Friday, April 3, 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 416-537-3128. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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 – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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.

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.

- Your dedicated team at Annex Animal Hospital