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Our Senior Pets

Is my pet a senior?

As a rule of thumb, if your dog is over 7 years old or your cat is over 8 years old, they are considered a senior.

Why should I be concerned?

The ageing process starts to affect our pets as they get older. Certain issues and diseases are more common with older pets, and their nutritional needs change as they age. If we can detect problems early, it is much easier to treat and/or manage them.

What are common illnesses that affect older pets?

  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Thyroid (and other hormone-related issues)
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Dental Disease
  • Cancer / Tumours
  • Heart Disease
  • Vision and Hearing loss

What can I, as a pet owner, do?

Annual check-ups are very important. They allow your veterinarian to detect problems early and treat issues effectively. Keeping your pet up to date with their vaccines will help prevent disease. Routine blood tests and x-rays are also important in identifying problems early. Be aware – many illnesses, in their early stages, can be mistaken for “old age changes”.

With the help of your veterinarian, your pet can enjoy a long and healthy life. Call us and book a wellness appointment for your senior pet today.

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Last updated: July 9, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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. NO-SHOW POLICY IN EFFECT

To ensure all of our patients and clients get the best care possible, please let us know if you cannot make the appointment. All no-shows will be recorded and clients with multiple no-shows may be asked for a deposit before making future appointments. We understand that unforeseen circumstances and emergencies arise. A simple phone call before your scheduled appointment is all that is required - 24 hours notice preferred. This will allow us to offer that spot to a pet in need.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? 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, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
- Wednesday: 8:30 am - 12:00 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 Talbot Animal Clinic