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Getting Old Stinks but We Have Solutions!

Getting old stinks…but we have solutions!

Often we find ourselves clenching our teeth as our old dogs try to get up, or making an “oh that’s gotta hurt” face when our older cats miss a jump they used to make, then running to their side to ensure they are ok. We often live in the moment with our pets, but don’t tend to think about the long run in pain management or joint care for them. That’s where we come in.

We have many different services that can help your mature/senior pet live a long and more comfortable life. Often, these services can be used as preventative care, instead of an afterthought. It would be ideal to prevent these health issues than try to fix them after they occur. Some of the things to consider in being proactive in your pet’s health care.

Nutrition – Are they on the proper diet that meets their needs; are they under or overweight? A few extra pounds on your pet can lead to many health issues, by simply keeping them at an ideal body score, it reduces the risk. Also considering the organ functions of your pet can greatly influence their food needs.

Supplements/Joint care – We have many different supplements available depending on what meets your pet’s needs. Often larger breed dogs are in need of a little extra boost in the joint care department, which can be found in either supplements or proper diet that promotes joint health.

Wellness Exams – Having your pet thoroughly checked over at least once a year is an ideal way to catch any signs of health problems brewing. Our doctors check from nose to tail for any abnormalities. They can often spot lumps or bumps that may be concerning but may need to do further diagnostics to help them get a full picture of your pet’s health.

Bloodwork – Even as we age, our own doctors make sure we have our bloodwork done, the same goes for your pets! This routine bloodwork, when done yearly, can often detect health issues before symptoms become present. It also gives us a trending pattern to watch as your pet ages, where last year’s levels were compared to this year and what levels we need to keep an eye on.

Dental care – Keeping your pet’s mouth healthy and clean can be key in keeping many preventable diseases at bay. Depending on your pet’s wellness exam your pet may need yearly or bi-yearly dental cleanings to keep them healthy and happy.

Services we provide for the after-effects of ageing are;

Digital X-Ray – Can be used to detect arthritis, hip dysplasia, back problems, heart and lung problems, enlarged organs or even tumours. These images can often help our veterinarians in providing the best treatments for your pet.

Laser Therapy – Another treatment often used for many ailments, cold laser is a great addition to arthritis treatments as a non-invasive alternative to medications.

Pain Management Medications – When our vets need to choose pain medication for your pet, they take many factors into consideration, such as organ function, age, body condition score, temperature, and existing medication regime. We supply a wide range of medications that our doctors can.

Environmental enrichment support – Our staff can help you with tips and tricks to make your ageing pet’s life a little easier. Ideas such as raising your large dog’s dish to reduce back strain, or bringing your cat’s litter box upstairs to eliminate the need of going up and down can make a big difference for your pet.

Palliative care – Sometimes, all we have left is to make our pets comfortable for their remaining time with us. We offer many different options in helping make it possible for your pet to live out their time in the comfort of your own home.

No matter what health level your pet is at, we strive to keep them in your life as long as possible. We enjoy you, enjoying your pets. Let us know your concerns; we want to work with you for a long happy healthy life for them.

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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.

Our latest policies as of Monday, March 30, 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 506.622.2355. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

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, Tuesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays we are closed.

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.

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 Waterview Animal Hospital