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.
Senior dogs have different requirements in terms of care than a younger dog would. For many pet lovers, watching our dogs grow older is a comforting and rewarding experience. It is sometimes hard to believe the same bundle of energy tearing around the yard so many years ago is now the calm and kind old friend curled at our feet. When your furry friend begins to slow down, starts to put on a little weight or stiffen up, they need your help and understanding. Unlike a fellow human, your dog can’t take responsibility for its care. They rely on you!
It would depend on the breed. Large breed dogs would be considered a senior pet long before a toy breed would be. If you have any questions concerning the health of your pet, please give us a call at 753-0506.
What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?
The most common health issues experienced by senior dogs can include things like arthritis, gum disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and dementia.
How should I care for my senior dog? (example: schedule a regular checkup, exercise, etc.).
Caring for a senior dog can include seeing your veterinarian yearly, annual bloodwork, having them on a senior diet, taking care of their dental health, allowing them to exercise and providing grooming if they are unable to do it themselves.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 8, 2020 some 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 Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 Torbay Road Animal Hospital