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National Senior Pet Month

The month of November is Senior Pet Month and Adopt a Senior Pet Month!

Many people overlook senior dogs and cats in shelters, but providing them with a life of love and fulfillment in their last few years can provide us humans with great joy!

Even if we have pets of our own, eventually, they will all become seniors, and they will need more care and attention than ever before!

Cats, as we know, live a lot longer than most dogs; however, each animal is different in their own way. Cats are considered seniors after ten years of age, whereas a dog can become a senior after seven years of age depending on size and breed of dog.

Here are a few tips about senior animals and how to care for them.

  1. The Vet: Regular check up’s from your veterinarian is crucial to an ageing animal. Some health problems can go undetected for long periods of time until the animal becomes quite sick, such as kidney disease or heart disease. Small signs might have shown, but in the early stages, get missed. It is always a good idea to have wellness bloodwork checked each year and to monitor your animals day to day activity for any changes. Your veterinarian may prescribe joint supplements or pain management for the sore joints and arthritis that comes with any ageing animal.
  2. Diet: Although we all love to spoil our animals, more food is not the way to go! Increased calories can lead to weight gain, which resorts to many different health complications. Feeding a balanced diet can help keep weight managed. A senior formula food provides the proper nutrition for an ageing animal. Some may even include glucosamine for joint health. Your veterinarian may recommend a specially formulated food for a specific disease that your pet may have (such as kidney, heart, liver, weight loss, etc.). Senior animals are not as active as young animals, so we need to be careful about how many calories/ fat content they are consuming.
  3. Exercise: Although many animals slow down as they age, it is important to get them still out and be active. Cats are a bit more difficult, but even just a short play with their favourite toy can keep them spry! Taking dogs for short walks every day can keep their joints active and helps their mental stimulation as well. It will continue the bond between your pet and yourself, and keep them wanting more! As animals joints degrade, you may start to notice they need help getting on/off furniture, up/down stairs or help over slippery surfaces. Small non-slip rugs/mats throughout the house can really help their mobility.

Although senior pets may need more attention and care, they rely on their humans to provide them with all the love and care they need. These animals will give their love in return and be grateful for the time they have had with their humans.

Written by: Kendra Stoddart, 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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519-773-3911. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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.

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 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm.

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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button. We have currently lowered our delivery fee, and it's free for orders over $50.

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.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Aylmer Veterinary Clinic