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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Our Senior Pets

Is my pet a senior?

As a rule of thumb, if your dog is over 7 years old or your cat is over 8 years old, they are considered a senior.

Why should I be concerned?

The ageing process starts to affect our pets as they get older. Certain issues and diseases are more common with older pets, and their nutritional needs change as they age. If we can detect problems early, it is much easier to treat and/or manage them.

What are common illnesses that affect older pets?

  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid (and other hormone-related issues)
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Dental Disease
  • Cancer / Tumours
  • Heart Disease
  • Vision and Hearing loss

What can I, as a pet owner, do?

Annual check-ups are very important. They allow your veterinarian to detect problems early and treat issues effectively. Keeping your pet up to date with their vaccines will help prevent disease. Routine blood tests and x-rays are also important in identifying problems early. Be aware – many illnesses, in their early stages, can be mistaken for “old age changes”.

With the help of your veterinarian, your pet can enjoy a long and healthy life. Call us and book a wellness appointment for your senior pet today.

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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 Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519.631.0430. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

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 Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, & Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm.

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.

5. 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.

6. 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 Elgin Animal Hospital