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.
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!
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 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 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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 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 Briarwood Animal Hospital