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.
Approximately 33% of the canine population is made up of senior dogs. Better nutrition and improvement to health care have contributed to this. As a dog ages, they become more vulnerable to medical conditions and diseases including kidney disease, heart disease, arthritis, and obesity. Proper nutrition can help to decrease the risk of such diseases.
Most senior dog food formulations are made up of the correct nutrient limits and ratios (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water, vitamins, and minerals) for senior animals. They are also less calorie-dense than regular adult diets as senior pets require fewer calories. Senior diets are lower in phosphorus (which in excess impacts the kidneys) and sodium (which in excess can cause hypertension and heart disease).
Senior dogs are more prone to dehydration, therefore access to clean, freshwater is very important. Canned foods are a great option for senior dogs as they increase their water intake. Vegetables are also a healthy treat for our senior pets; water-based veggies such as cucumber, broccoli, and lettuce can help increase water intake as well without the excess calories.
Before switching to a senior diet, it is important to consult with your veterinarian to ensure a balanced and individualized diet can be chosen for your beloved family member!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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 905-664-4888. 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. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm - 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 Briarwood Animal Hospital