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With advances in veterinary medicine and owners who are increasingly aware of subtle changes in their animals, pets are living longer than they ever have before. It also means that we are seeing more senior dogs; who have different needs than they had during their puppyhood. At Fairview Animal Hospital we are here to help keep your dog as comfortable as we can, for as long as possible, as they start to “slow down.” Age is not a disease, so we try to manage conditions that may occur as the pet ages.
On average, dogs are considered senior around seven years of age. There are some exceptions to this rule depending on the size of the dog. Larger breeds may be considered senior by the age of five or six whereas smaller breeds may not reach this stage until eight or nine. Individual dogs may also age faster than others based on genetics and their overall health.
How should I care for my senior dog? (example: schedule regular check-ups, exercise, special diet, etc.)
Following the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelines, the veterinarians at Fairview Animal Hospital recommend wellness exams every six months for senior dogs. It includes early detection bloodwork and urine testing, helping us to diagnose illnesses as early as possible, and in turn to increase the treatment options available. These bi-annual exams also include an assessment of your senior pets’ weight and body condition.
Senior pets should have high-quality diets. Diets that might include supplements such as fatty acids and glucosamine to help maintain mobility.
As pets age, many develop arthritis and muscle loss. There are medications available to help with this painful process. Having raised dishes that are easy to will help these older dogs eat comfortably. The use of ramps, rugs, and extra bedding will also keep our senior pets happy.
Many senior dogs will have a decreased ability to make it outside to urinate and defecate. As a senior dog owner, you may have to increase the time spent on grooming your dog to prevent urine scalding. Older dogs will also start to lose their vision and their hearing. It may lead to increased anxiety and behavioural problems. There are anti-anxiety medications available for these cases. Owners will need to have the patience for these animals.
Senior dogs frequently develop kidney disease, dental disease, cognitive changes, even cancer. But with continued exercise, mental stimulation, regular checkups, and appropriate treatment from your veterinarian, these dogs can be happy and comfortable through their golden years.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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 SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then 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 - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!