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.
While we all wish our pets would stay young forever, they unfortunately age at a quicker pace than we do. Senior pets experience the same symptoms and challenges of aging that humans do, so they require a little extra health care and a little extra love!
It depends on the dog’s breed. Usually, small breed dogs are considered seniors at around 9 years of age, medium to large breeds at around 7 years of age, and giant breeds like Great Danes become seniors at about 5 years old.
How should I care for my senior dog (example: schedule regular check-ups, exercise, special diet, etc.)?
It is strongly recommended to bring your pet in once a year for a physical exam and bloodwork. Older dogs are more at risk for health conditions like kidney disease, heart disease, arthritis, low thyroid, etc. Some of these conditions can be managed if they are caught early enough, but treatment becomes more difficult if the disease is advanced. Yearly blood panels are a great way to monitor your pet’s health and catch a health condition while it’s still in the early stages. There are also diets specially formulated for older pets that cater to the specific health needs of senior pets.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 613.443.5459. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, 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: 8:00 am - 4:00 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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 Embrun Veterinary Hospital