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.

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Senior Pet Care

Who is a senior pet?


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.

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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 Monday, March 23, 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 613-544-7387. 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 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.

7. 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital