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.
Senior dogs, like people, can encounter changes in their health as they age. Since dogs age more rapidly than humans, they can enter their senior years as early as 7 years old, depending on their breed. It is important to keep on top of your dog’s health as they get older to ensure that they can age gracefully and comfortably. At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, our veterinary team will evaluate the health of your dog with a senior exam and help make a wellness plan to keep your animal healthy.
What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?
As your dog ages, several health factors become more of a concern. Senior dogs are more prone to diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and more. By keeping on top of your dog’s health, we can help your dog age without having to suffer from a disease.
How should I care for my senior dog?
For care of your senior dog, we recommend a senior health exam every six months to keep on top of your senior pet’s health. Our doctors can evaluate the specific needs unique to your pet to make sure you are able to give the optimal care for your canine. Since the nutritional requirements for your senior pet can change as they age, our veterinary team can help you make sure you are not only catering to your pet but also their specific stage of life. Adapting your home environment to your pet is also important. Having ramps instead of stairs can make movement easier on arthritic joints. It is also important to ensure that floor surfaces have sufficient traction, so your pet doesn’t fall.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" 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 then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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. 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 to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre