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 are often labelled as ‘senior’ when they reach seven years of age. This is not always accurate, however, as giant breed dogs can be seniors at a younger age, and small breed dogs may not show any signs of aging until they are closer to ten.
What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?
Aging dogs and their owners face many challenges, including arthritis, muscle loss, behaviour changes, loss of organ function, decreased hearing and vision, and weight gain. We can help make many of these changes easier for both you and your pet, which is why regular senior checkups are recommended.
How should I care for my senior dog?
Many diseases are more common in older dogs. Physical exam and early disease detection blood work can help catch these illnesses before your dog becomes unwell. One of the biggest health concerns facing senior dogs is degenerative joint disease, also known as osteoarthritis. Large breed dogs are most commonly affected, but this condition occurs in small breeds as well. The biggest risk factor for arthritis is obesity. Preventing weight gain with an appropriate high-quality diet and feeding plan is crucial as your pet becomes less active. Supplements, diets, medications, physiotherapy, and exercise modification may all be recommended to help ease the discomfort of aging joints and improve quality of life. Older dogs benefit from regular exercise, particularly low impact activities such as swimming.
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 OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Barriefield Animal Hospital