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.
Due to improved veterinary care and dietary habits, our pets are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Senior dogs may need more rest. Somewhere quiet where they won’t be disturbed, in a soft, cozy bed, away from draughts. They may need to go out to the bathroom more frequently. Incontinence or changes in how often they need to go should be discussed with your vet. Make sure everything your dog needs is easily accessible, so they don’t have to go too far to find their water, food, toys and bed. Smooth, slippery floors can be difficult for senior dogs to walk on, so put a rug or carpet down to give them something to grip.
It varies depending on the dog’s size. Small dogs are generally regarded as geriatric at the age of seven. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter lifespans, therefore are deemed geriatric when they’re approximately six years of age.
What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?
Geriatric dogs can develop many of the same problems seen in older people, such as cancer, heart disease, kidney/urinary tract disease, liver disease, diabetes, joint/bone disease, senility and/or weakness. Before any medical signs become apparent, behavioural changes can serve as valuable indicators that something is changing in an older pet, which may be due to medical or other reasons. Some of the possible behaviour changes can include but not be limited to; increased reaction to sounds, increased vocalization, confusion, disorientation, increased anxiety/irritability, house soiling, pacing, change in sleep cycles, repetitive activities, etc.
How should I care for my senior dog?
Geriatric dogs should have semi-annual veterinary visits, so signs of illness or other problems can be detected early and treated. Senior dog exams are similar to those for younger pets but are more in-depth and may include dental care, possible bloodwork and specific checks for physical signs of diseases that are more likely in older pets. Keep your older pet exercised regularly to ensure they’re lean and maintain healthy joints and muscles. However, tailor your dog’s exercise needs to his requirements and limitations. Feed them a high-quality diet, that’s appropriate for his/her age and lifestyle. You can also add some omega fatty acids and/or glucosamine chondroitin supplements.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic