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.

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Senior Dog Care

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!

When is a dog considered a senior pet?

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.

Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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

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. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital