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.
As our dog’s age increases in years, so do their needs. With regular veterinary care and better nutrition, our dogs are living longer than ever before. Along with this, comes the need to maintain our dog’s wellbeing and comfort throughout the ageing process.
Large dogs (over 50 lbs.) are considered a senior at 7 years of age. Small dogs are considered a senior at 8 years of age.
What are common senior dog health issues?
Common issues seen in seniors including arthritis, heart disease, hypothyroidism, dental issues, Cushing’s disease, cataracts, cancer and obesity.
How should I care for my senior dog? (schedule regular checkup, exercise, etc.)
We recommend physical exams every 6 months for senior pets and blood testing annually. The blood testing screens for hypothyroidism, kidney disease, liver disease, Cushing’s disease and more. Dogs are very good at hiding when they are sick, so it is very important to do regular exams and blood testing to look for any signs of disease. It is important to not overfeed your senior pet, as dogs who are overweight are more likely to develop osteoarthritis. Regular walks keep your dog fit and content. A large dog like a Golden Retriever needs about 3-5 km daily, whereas a smaller dog such as Shih Tzu may only need 1-2 km per day.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital