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 Dog Care

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.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


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.

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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.

Last updated: Monday, May 25, 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 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Acadia Drive Animal Clinic