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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Is Your Senior Dog Happy?

All dogs age differently, depending on the breed, size, family history and/or the individual. It’s important to know your dog’s health and provide them with tips and tricks to enjoy their senior days in comfort.

Be Educated.
Each breed is prone to various diseases over time (Heart/cardiac disease, dental disease, airway problems and/or cancer). Get to know the breed history and discuss with your veterinarian what you can do for preventative health care.

Nutrition is the foundation of good health.
Providing a well-balanced and nutritional diet will reflect their bodily functions and overall health. When choosing their pet food, it’s important to get to know the pet food brand, the quality ingredients they use and their safety protocols. As your dog gets older, the requirements are changing as well. Ask your veterinarian what pet food they recommend and which pet food company they trust.

Spa day at the groomer.
For older dogs, it might be more difficult for them to stay clean when going outside. It’s important to keep their back-end groomed short to prevent feces from being stuck. Long and curled nails can cause pain and discomfort for dogs when walking.

Prevention is key.
As dogs get older, especially early to mid-adulthood, it’s important to talk with your veterinarian about preventative health treatments. This includes supplements, diet and activities, medication and/or procedures (dentistry, laser/hydro/acupuncture/physical therapy…)

Get moving!
Senior dogs may slow down over the year, but they still need exercise. We recommend short walks, or we like to call it a casual stroll, maybe 1-2 times a day to get those joints moving. Not only is exercise beneficial for good health, but it also provides mental stimulation too.

Protect your four-legged friends.
As they get older, their bodies might have difficulty keeping warm during winter and stay cool during summer. It’s important to provide blankets, coats and booties, and heating mats during winter months, and plenty of shade, cold water, cooling jackets, and possibly a good swim for those water-loving dogs on a hot summer day.

Lots of Love.
Senior dogs can often be forgotten in the day to day busy routine. Although it’s important to give them much deserved quality play and bonding time with their owners.

Other tips and tricks for senior dog owners:

  • Multiple thick, comfy, and preferably slightly elevated beds.
  • Various elevated food dished.
  • Doggy staircase to prevent jumping.
  • Heat source (blanket or heating pad) for arthritic pets.
  • Provide food and water on all levels of your home.
  • Monitor for lumps.
  • Monitor behavioural changes.
  • Talk with your veterinarian! Create a plan.
  • Give them Love!

Written by: Monica Blanchard, RVT

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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 Tuesday, March 24, 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 506.857.4271. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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: 9:00 - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. We are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. 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 Moncton Animal Hospital