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.

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Special Considerations for Senior Dogs

Dogs are considered seniors at the age of seven. At this time the ageing process begins to affect multiple body organs and systems, and special consideration should be made in caring for our senior pets. It is important that our senior dogs have bi-annual to annual veterinary visits. Going to the veterinarian once a year for a senior animal is like us going to the doctors once every 4 years. More frequent veterinary visits can help to diagnose earlier diseases of ageing such as kidney disease, thyroid disease, and diabetes and help ensure our pets live a quality of life in their later years. It is recommended to have their blood and urine tested once a year to help with the detection of such diseases.

Exercise is essential for senior dogs, and ensuring our pets comfort is key. More frequent short walks are good to keep our senior dogs active but not overexert them. As well, swimming is an excellent activity for older dogs because it is low-impact and easy on their weakening joints and muscles. Swimming can also help to build strength and can be relaxing and comforting for dogs. It is also important to keep our senior dog’s nails trimmed to enable easier mobility. Providing joint supplementation is also a great idea and can help relieve pain due to arthritis and other abnormalities.

Our veterinarians can help evaluate and create a plan to ensure our loving companions have happy and healthy golden years of life.

Written By: Briarwood Animal Hospital

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Dear Clients,

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

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