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.

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Senior Dog Care

As a dog ages, they can “slow down” significantly, but it is important to note that age is not a disease. While some changes to a pet’s behaviour and attitude are expected with age and may be considered as “slowing down”, there are certain health concerns that are more prevalent with advanced age, such as kidney failure and arthritis which are important to identify. It is, therefore, crucial to continue with regular veterinary care even more so during a pet’s senior years. Regular visits to see a veterinarian can help identify signs of these age-related conditions early and help to improve your pet’s quality of life in their senior years.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?

Dogs are considered a senior as early as 7 years old depending on the breed. However, larger breeds generally have shorter lifespans than small breed dogs.

How should I care for my senior dog? (example: schedule regular check-ups, exercise, special diet, etc.)

A senior check-up every 6 to 12 months is ideal, and more specific recommendations may be made for your pet at the time of their examination. At home, it is ideal to feed a diet that is appropriate for seniors or their specific health needs. It is also important to exercise your senior pet regularly, but to tailor to your pet’s limitations as they age. It may mean exercising in shorter periods of time more often rather than long exercise sessions and limiting high impact activity to lessen joint stiffness and pain. Monitor closely at home for any behavioural changes, change in appetite, increased thirst or urination, any unexpected changes in weight, or changes in skin and fur coat. Contact us if you have any concerns.

COVID-19 ALERT

Southpointe Pet Hospital is committed to doing our part in protecting our community from the spread of COVID-19. To allow us to continue operating during the pandemic, we have implemented a CLOSED DOOR POLICY.

For the safety of our staff, clients and our entire community, ONLY ONE CLIENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO ACCOMPANY THEIR PET INTO THE BUILDING AT A TIME, and A MASK MUST BE WORN TO ENTER.

When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call (403) 532-0085. Our staff will advise you on when you can enter for your appointment, or deliver prescriptions and food orders to your vehicle. For safety reasons, please be prepared to pay with CREDIT or DEBIT, as cash will not be accepted. If you do not have a phone or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.

As of June 29, 2020, we are resuming normal scheduling of non-urgent appointments, including annual exams, vaccinations, spays and neuters with clients present.

Hours of Operation
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.

Sincerely,

The Team at Southpointe Pet Hospital