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.
Our senior dogs have earned a special place in our hearts – they have most likely been with us through many of our life changes. They may be getting a little slower and a little grayer, but their personality is still the same. Senior dogs like people undergo bodily changes that can make their life a bit more complicated, hearing loss, joint disease, dental concerns are only a few of the issues that they can face. Our aim at Fairmont Animal Hospital is to help you deal with the gradual ageing of your beloved friend. During their annual examinations, we will discuss what to expect as they age and how to keep them as healthy as possible. We are available to address any critical issues that may arise and to help you monitor their health and well-being. Remember ‘Seniors are Awesome.’
For large or giant breed dogs, they are considered senior pets at 5 or 6 years of age or older. For our small or medium size dogs, they are considered senior pets at seven years of age or older.
What are common senior dog issues?
Arthritis: Just like people, as our pet’s age, they can develop degeneration changes in their joints (arthritis). This can lead to painful joints, which can decrease mobility and comfort.
Weight gain: Over time, our pet’s metabolism can change and slow down. This can lead to weight gain, which can decrease mobility and joint health as well.
Dental disease: This can happen at any point in a pet’s life, but it is especially important to take care of in their golden years. A buildup of tartar and gingivitis can lead to infections, damage to the jaw bones and a painful mouth.
Behavioural changes: Over time, senior pets may display increased barking, appetite changes, drinking changes, and more or less affection towards their owners and other pets. This could indicate many things, including an underlying disease process, pain, blood pressure issues, or sometimes senility.
How should I care for my senior dog?
The most significant thing to do is to watch for any changes to your pet’s typical routine. Watch for mobility changes and changes in appetite, drinking, behaviour, and weight. This can help detect any underlying problems as early as possible.
A physical examination is recommended once to twice a year minimum, to ensure that any ageing issues found are addressed. Blood work is an excellent way of screening our pet’s internal organs (liver, kidneys, protein levels, blood sugar levels, and more) to detect any underlying diseases earlier too.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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
We are currently on an open door policy with a limit of up to 4 people inside the hospital at a time.
Only 1 person per pet will be allowed for visits.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own. 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.
Curbside pickup is no longer being offered. You can now come in to pick up and pay for your orders.
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. You will be connected to an on-call veterinarian that may be located at a different hospital.
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, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 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!