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.
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.
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.
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
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
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. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Our doors are now unlocked and we are allowing 2 people at a time in the clinic for food sales and medication pick-up only (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".
We do ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the clinic and use the hand sanitizing station outside our doors. If you require a mask, please call the clinic for assistance prior to entering. Anyone who enters the clinic will be asked to sign in and provide their name and phone number for tracking purposes.
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