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Senior Dog Care

The age your dog hits senior status can vary depending on breed, age, size and other factors. Old age is not a disease. Please discuss any notable changes in your dog’s behaviour with your veterinarian to determine a wellness program to make your dog’s senior years more comfortable.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


We typically refer to large dog breeds as “senior” at around 7 or 8 years of age and smaller dog breeds at about 11-12 years of age.

How should I care for my senior dog (example: schedule regular check-ups, exercise, special diet, etc.)?


Senior dogs should have at least one overall health exam annually, which may also include a geriatric blood screen to help pick up any underlying illnesses or diseases in their early stages. You can work together with your veterinarian to come up with an appropriate program to best manage your senior pet’s health.

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Last updated: November 3, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to the increasing number of Covid cases in Manitoba, we have updated our protocols to ensure the safety of our staff, clients, and community effective immediately.

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. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Note: After-hour emergency services are available for regular equine patients only. All other patients with after-hours emergencies, please contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre at (204) 452-0911.

 

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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Oakbank Animal Hospital