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.
Senior dogs need care and support to help them age gracefully and comfortably. The experience of caring for older dogs can be rewarding because it can enhance and enrich the lives of the dogs and their owners.
Pets age much faster than people do, and the rate at which they age depends largely on the size of the breed. The higher the weight of the breed, the sooner they reach their golden years.
A rough guide would be something like this;
• Tiny dogs (less than 20 lbs) – considered a senior after the age of 8.
• Small dogs (20-55 lbs) – considered a senior after the age of 7.
• Medium dogs (55-85 lbs) – considered to be a senior after the age of 6.
• Large dogs (over 85 lbs) – considered to be a senior after the age of 5.
How should I care for my senior dog? (example: schedule regular check-ups, exercise, special diet, etc.)
Regular wellness exams are a great place to start. Instead of seeing your dog on a yearly basis, you might want to consider scheduling a checkup every six months. Your veterinarian will monitor your dog’s ageing process closely and may make some recommendations along the way.
• Keep your dog’s body condition score at a good weight, not too thin, not too heavy.
• Make smart food choices for your senior.
• Make sure dental disease in your senior doesn’t go unnoticed. We want your senior dog’s mouth to be pain-free.
• Regular moderate exercise will help your pet age better, keeping them physically and mentally in shape.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Crossroads Animal Hospital