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.

10 Things you should know about Senior Pets

Is your furry companion starting to age? Here are 10 things you should know about senior pets!

  1. Small Dogs and Cats are generally considered to be “Seniors at 7 years of age. Large dogs are considered Senior at 6 years of age.
  2. Senior pets are more susceptible to disease as they age. Diabetes, hyper or hypothyroidism, kidney disease, joint problems and yes even cognitive dysfunction.
  3. It is recommended that Senior Cats and Senior Dogs have a physical exam every 6 months and bloodwork annually. Many of the diseases mentioned above can be better controlled if discovered early.
  4. Senior diets are available especially for the nutritional requirements of your older pet. As they age their caloric requirements decrease as their activity slows down.
  5. Many Senior Pets have arthritis. Some common signs are slowing down, difficulty getting to a standing position, hesitant to walk up the stairs, sleeping more and even irritability.
  6. Incidence of cancer greatly increases as pets age. Lumps and bumps can start showing up on. Your Veterinarian can test theses lumps and monitor for cancer.
  7. Senior pets can get grey hair. Just like humans as pets’ age they can lose melanocytes or pigment in their hair follicles.
  8. As your pets age increases so does the amount of hours they spend sleeping. Dogs and cats on average sleep 14- 16 hrs a day, 18 -20 hours when they are seniors.
  9. Senior pets have an increased amount of dental disease. Regular dental exams and dental cleanings are recommended. Especially if they are having difficulty chewing their food.
  10. Senior pets are a wonderful addition to any family. If you want a quieter pet, who enjoys naps and cuddles a senior pet may be just for you. November is adopt a Senior Pet Month.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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.

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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.

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 and take payment from your vehicle.

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 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital