Your Pet Gazette – Celebrating Senior Pets


We want to help you enjoy your pet’s golden years by providing quality veterinary care and advice on how to care for your senior pet’s changing needs.

Age is not a disease!

As our pet’s age, their health care requirements change just like it does for people. You may have noticed changes in their eating habits, decreased mobility or interest in play times, changes in their skin and coat condition, lumps and bumps, or just general behaviour changes. These are common signs as our pets age and they may require more frequent veterinary check-ups to address them.

Regular veterinary check-ups can allow us to detect and treat age-related conditions earlier. Early detection can improve your senior pet’s quality of life and potentially even extend their golden years. Who doesn’t want more precious time together?!

Part of our senior wellness care recommendation includes regular blood tests as part of the annual or bi-annual check-up. The first test panel provides us with a baseline for future comparison as your pet ages. Blood and urine tests can aid in the early detection of common age-related disease processes such as kidney and liver disease, anemia and blood cell anomalies, thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, and more.

As part of our “Celebrating Seniors” program, we are offering 10% off select blood and urine test panels, 10% off specimen collection fees and complimentary nail trims (when done in conjunction with an annual check-up and/or vaccination appointment). Please call us for more information and to book an appointment.


Dog running in the snow with tick warning

We are still seeing a lot of tick activity in the Toronto area this fall. Year-round protection is highly recommended. Call us if you need tick preventive products for the fall and winter seasons.


Black cat laying on orange pumpkins


  1. Keep pets in a safe and secure place if you are opening the door to give out candy.  A treat-stuffed Kong or treat ball makes a positively reinforced distraction for them.
  2. Keep Halloween candy and treats out of reach from your pets.  Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats.  Sugary treats are not good for our pets in general.  Dogs have been known to eat the wrappers too!  This could cause intestinal damage or blockage.
  3. While costumes on pets are fun, many pets do not tolerate them well and it can become a source of stress.  Be sure to monitor your pet closely as a willing participant.  Introducing your pet to wearing outfits should be done gradually (at their pace) as a training exercise and, with positive reinforcement.
  4. Avoid pet costumes with trailing bits of fabric that could become entangled or catch fire near open flames.
  5. Have a fun and safe Halloween evening!


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Last updated: April 11, 2022

We are so happy to announce that our doctors are now seeing clients and patients in the hospital. Please read on for more information about how your next appointment will work.

Masks are mandatory for indoor service
Limit 1 person admitted per appointment

1. Please come to the FRONT door on time for your appointment and call us to check-in. The seating area in our waiting room is not yet available
2. At your appointment time, we will guide you and your pet directly into an examination room where you may wait for the veterinarian.
3. Please be advised, there is a time limit set for each appointment that we must adhere to in order to avoid keeping the next patient waiting.
4. After your appointment, you may now check out at the front desk.
5. If you are LATE for your appointment, we will attempt to accommodate you for a shorter time with the doctor. If you are more than 5 minutes late, please reschedule.
6. We respect your concerns for safety. If you prefer a curbside appointment, please let us know when you call to book your pet.


In order to accommodate clients and pets for appointments, we need to limit the capacity of people in our reception area. For this reason, we have elected to temporarily provide curbside service only for pet supply orders.

Please call ahead to order pet foods and prescriptions. We will bring them outside when you arrive to pick them up. Thank you for your consideration.


Our veterinarians are currently seeing all patients by appointment ONLY. We are currently operating with both curbside and in office appointments. We have limited capacity to accommodate indoor appointments but please let us know your preference at the time of booking and we will do our very best to accommodate your request. Please note, for safety reasons, you will be asked to wait behind a clear screen while speaking with the veterinarian. Your pet will be examined by the veterinarian while one of our assistants holds them. We appreciate your patience and understanding as these appointments take a little longer than normal.  

How do curbside / closed-door appointments work?
Please come to the back door for your appointment and call 416-537-3128 upon arrival. A veterinarian will speak with you over the phone and a veterinary assistant will come out to collect your pet for an examination. After examining your pet, the doctor will follow-up on the phone with their findings and recommendations. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your pets. Please let us know in advance if they have any special needs.

Payment Methods:
We are currently accepting all payment methods. However, credit or debit cards are preferred.


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

- The team at Annex Animal Hospital