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Senior Care for Pets

As pets age, they need additional support and care that meets their current stage of life. With proper care, pets can live almost twice as long as they used to. We want the quality time you spend with your pet to get better with age. In order for your furry family member to live a long full life, they need proactive veterinary care to stay healthy.

How will my pet’s needs change as they age?

It’s no secret that dog/cat years are sometimes twice a human year. For your senior pet, six months could be the equivalent of two years of health changes. To ensure we’re up-to-date with these changes, we recommend semi-annual appointments to monitor their well-being. Pets are great at masking illness and pain from us, which is why it’s important to keep track of any changes you notice. No matter how subtle, they could be an indication of a health complication of chronic disease, since senior pets are more likely to develop them as they age.

What happens during my pet’s semi-annual visit?

During the semi-annual wellness screening, we’ll take your pet’s blood to test for any underlying health issues that might be negatively impacting them. For example, cats are prone to feline hyperthyroidism and kidney problems as they get older. A blood test could reveal the early stages of these diseases and help our team to create a treatment plan that will help us to successfully manage them. Proactive veterinary care is crucial for senior pets because the earlier we detect certain illnesses, the better equipped we are to effectively treat them. Call 604.544.7387 to schedule your pet’s next semi-annual visit so we can tailor their care to their specific needs.

What changes can I expect in my senior pet?

Each pet experiences different changes as they age. Ultimately, you know your pet best and can recognize any changes in their day to day routines. You may need to alter the activities you do with your pet, from more high intensity activities requiring more movement to shorter walks in the park. Your pet might require a special diet or new medication to manage a chronic disease. If you have any questions about your pet’s wellness needs, our veterinary team is happy to make specific recommendations for them.

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Last updated: July 20, 2020

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 pet.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

  • We are currently operating with a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and team. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 604-544- 7387. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telephone consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to you.
  • 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. One of our team members will bring your order to our designated pick up location, outside our front doors. Payment will be processed over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    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.

    In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency). https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

    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 Queen’s Park Pet Hospital