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.
Pet Are Living Longer Healthier Lives Thanks to Advancements in Veterinary Medicine
January 15, 2019
With improved nutrition and advances in veterinary medicine, pets are living longer, healthier lives. However, as our pets age, their exercise and nutritional requirements change. Preventive health care and early detection of age-related disease become more important during their senior years. Some pets may experience arthritic changes in their joints that need to be managed with nutritional supplements, special diets, and/or pain medication. Have you noticed your dog or cat seems less active recently? Do you suspect that your dog or cat may have hearing or vision deficits? There may be a physical reason for changes in behaviour, and we’re here to help you manage those age-related changes.
More regular visits to the veterinarian may be necessary to manage ongoing age-related illnesses. By routinely testing blood and urine samples, we can monitor how well your pet’s organs are functioning and potentially find problems in the early stages. We believe that senior pets deserve the best quality of life we can provide for them. We want you to be able to enjoy their love and companionship for as many years as possible.
What To Expect During a Senior Pet Physical Exam:
A nose to tail gentle physical examination
Address your specific concerns and/or questions
Review of vaccination status and requirements
Parasite control (fleas, ticks, heartworm)
Review weight and current nutritional requirements
Consultation regarding exercise and changes in activity levels
Assessment of pain and mobility issues
Consultation regarding any cognitive issues such as barking at night and inappropriate urination
Collection of blood and urine samples
Additional tests may be recommended based on breed specific risk factors such as glaucoma and hypothyroidism in some dogs.
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
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!