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Senior Dog Care

Senior dogs are the best! They have been your amazing companions for years and nobody knows you better than your senior dog. Because of this, your senior dog has earned the special care and attention required to keep him well and happy for as long as possible. The age your dog hits senior status can vary depending on breed, age, size and other factors. Old age is not a disease! Discussing any notable changes in your dog’s behaviour with your veterinarian (even subtle ones) can help your veterinarian put together the most appropriate wellness program to make your dog’s senior years more comfortable. This is the time to cherish your dog’s senior years, they pass too quickly. It’s the time when you have the companionship of a wonderful old friend. So together, let’s make every day count!

When does a dog become a senior?

We typically refer to dogs as “senior” around 7 or 8 years of life. However, size does matter! Larger breeds tend to have a shorter life expectancy than most smaller breed dogs and their senior years can start much earlier.

What are common senior dog health issues

There are some relatively common medical conditions that occur with old age in dogs. Hip dysplasia that may not have bothered a younger dog, may now bring on pain and discomfort. Other orthopedic problems such as old injuries or osteoarthritis may elevate with age. Other common ailments can include obesity, hypothyroidism, heart disease, cancers, dental disease, loss of sight and/or hearing and cognitive dysfunction. Changes in organ function such as the liver and kidneys, also start to occur during your dog’s senior years.

How do I care for my senior dog? (Schedule regular check-up, exercise etc.)

A simple but wise precaution in caring for your senior dog is to have at least one overall health exam annually, as well as a geriatric blood screen which may pick up any underlying illnesses or disease in their early stages. Normal results are great news, but abnormal values can be helpful to detect major concerns early when treatment is more likely to be effective. X-rays and urine checks may also be recommended by your veterinarian, which are both useful diagnostic tools. Your veterinarian’s role is to make these services available and your role is to make decisions about what is best for your dog. Not every treatment is right, or even necessary for every dog. You can work together with your veterinarian to come up with an appropriate program to best manage your senior pet’s health.

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Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.

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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 Friday, March 19, 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 250.334.8400. 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 OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.

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.

6. 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.

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 Van Isle Veterinary Hospital