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.

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Senior Dog Care

At Centretown Veterinary Hospital we celebrate our seniors! Ageing is a natural process and one that can be approached with grace. We encourage pets and their parents to monitoring their health more closely. Together, we can take preventative steps to provide the extra support for our seniors.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?

At Centretown Veterinary Hospital, we consider all dogs less than 25kg (55lbs) a geriatric patient after eight years of age and all dogs over 25kg a geriatric after six years of age.

What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?

There are many age-related changes that start to occur as we age, such as decreased hearing, sight and mobility, changes in appetite or elimination, wear and tear on joints and skin. By seeing your veterinarian regularly, we can work as a team to be proactive in helping pets adapt to these changes before they become a concern. Regular lab work is recommended to assess the functionality of major organs, red and white blood cells and platelets, thyroid and bladder health. Finding and addressing abnormalities sooner than later can give us a better chance to prevent more serious changes down the road.

How should I care for my senior dog?

Dogs (and cats) can experience some of the same age-related changes that people do, but they age more rapidly than we do. This means that small changes can become a big concern quickly. We recommend doing a physical exam and routine blood work every 6 months when pets reach these milestones as a lot can change in a year!

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

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 furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Thursday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed reception” policy to protect our clients and staff. Once you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-567-0500.

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 Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. We will be closed on Saturday for now.

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. 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.

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 Centretown Veterinary Hospital