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.
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.
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!
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 continuing with our "closed hospital" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will direct you either to the back door located at the back of the parking lot if your pet is a dog. This is where you will open the door and tether your dog to the wall on the inside with the leash provided or for our cat friends the assistant will direct you to leave your cat at the front door in their carrier. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to the same place that you originally placed them at intake. We will take payment over the phone or by e transfer. Medications, food, certificates and all other supplies will be with your pet when you pick them up.
We continue to accept the use of credit cards over the phone or e-transfer as the preferred payment method.
We are continuing with curbside pickup of food and medications (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 to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: Closed
5. 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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Centretown Veterinary Hospital