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Pain Management for Senior Pets

As your pet’s age, you may notice them starting to slow down. Maybe they have trouble chasing that ball that at one time they could chase for hours. Maybe they suddenly struggle with things that used to be simple, like getting up on the couch or climbing the stairs. Or maybe your pet’s behaviour seems to have changed, not acting quite like themselves recently. Senior pets can show pain in many ways, and it’s important for us to try to recognize them so we can help them feel more comfortable and keep them feeling young.

Some signs that your senior pet could be in pain are behavioural changes, obsessive grooming, difficulty sitting, lying down or walking, sleeping a lot, slipping on uncarpeted floors/slick surfaces, panting and vocalizing. Some pets are very good at masking pain as well; sometimes, it can be difficult to know if they are experiencing pain. If you notice any of these signs or notice that your pet doesn’t seem like himself/herself, it’s time for a check-up!

Things like diet changes, more frequent vet check-ups and changes to their home environment could help you keep your senior pet happy and healthy! An exam with one of our vets can help identify any issues and help you learn what options are available for your pet, as well as what changes could be made to make your senior pet more comfortable and pain-free.

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Last updated: January 4, 2022.

Dear Clients,

As a result of New Brunswick's plan to enter Level 2 of COVID-19 restrictions, we will proceed with the following protocol, effective immediately, until restrictions have been lifted.

We will be moving back to a curbside “Closed Waiting Room” policy, which means no clients will be permitted in the building, with exceptions. However, we will continue to offer FULL veterinary services.

If you have been contacted by Public Health or are showing symptoms of the virus, we ask that you call us to reschedule your appointment.

Procedure for surgeries and general appointments:

1. Call us at 622-2355 when you arrive in the parking lot. We will proceed in checking you in remotely.

2. When the Dr is ready to see your pet we will call your cell phone or wave at your vehicle and have you bring your pet to the main door. Please wear a mask when approaching the hospital to pass your pet to us.

3. A veterinarian will perform an examination or requested procedure inside the hospital while you wait in your vehicle, or a drop off appointment can be arranged.

4. Once the care of your animal is complete, the veterinarian will call you with their findings and devise a treatment plan.

5. Payment will be taken over the phone or in the parking lot via a portable debit machine. We are trying to limit cash use to a minimum.

6. Food and medications pick up will be curbside and payment can be accepted via e-transfer or credit card over the phone.

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday and Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
- Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

- Your dedicated team at Waterview Animal Hospital