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.

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Senior Dog Care

Although your pet needs specialized care at all life stages, caring for a senior dog often requires a little extra TLC (tender, love and care). Your veterinary team should play an integral role in keeping your pet healthy as they age. Regular wellness exams, senior blood work and diet recommendations are just a few of the many ways we can assist you in ensuring your pet is happy and healthy. Please give us a call to schedule a consultation for more information on caring for your senior dog.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


Life stages in dogs are dependent on the dog’s breed/size. Small and medium-sized dogs are considered to be seniors from 7-10 years of age and geriatric at age 11 onward. For large and giant breed dogs, age 6-8 years are considered seniors, and they are geriatric at age 9+.

How should I care for my senior dog (example: schedule regular check-ups, exercise, special diet, etc.)?


Yearly examinations with a veterinarian are recommended, as well as regular blood work to screen for diseases that are common with ageing, such as kidney failure, liver disease and pancreatitis. Cognitive dysfunction is also commonly seen with age; therefore, keeping in close contact with your vet regarding any changes is important.

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Last updated: September 8, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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

3. OPERATING HOURS

Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


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!

- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital