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

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.

When does a dog become a senior?

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.

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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. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

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