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.
Diseased teeth can act as a source of infection (cue stinky breath) which can ultimately travel through the bloodstream and cause systemic infection throughout the body.
Chronic tartar buildup leads to gingivitis and eventually recession of the gums and loss of bone that keep teeth in place and functional. Eventually, this can lead to pain!
Foul breath should never deter you from spending time with your pet – a complete oral health examination can be performed by your Veterinarian to determine how best to address current periodontal disease or prevention.
2. Underlying Illness
Because our pets cannot tell us how they feel, it can be difficult for pet owners to determine if their pet is ill.
A physical exam and senior-specific screening (bloodwork and pee) is strongly recommended for pets 8 years and older and serves as an internal health check to assess thyroid, liver, kidney, and heart function to name a few.
3. Degenerative Joint Disease and Musculoskeletal Health
Arthritis commonly develops as Pet’s get older (just like people!) and can reduce their ability to live their normal life (go on walks, get into their litter bin comfortably, jump into a couch or a bed etc).
Your Veterinarian may recommend joint supplements (Glucosamine, Fish Oils) tailored to your pet’s size and needs, or even other remedies to help improve their quality of life and keep them feeling and moving their best!
4. Behavioural Changes
Whether it be small or large changes to sleep patterns, bowel movement and urination patterns, water/food consumption, energy levels, or personality, it is crucial that pet owners are aware these could be indications of something more going on. Your Veterinarian may recommend a general examination and senior blood and/or urine screening in these cases.
Sometimes these changes start small; it can be easy for pet owners to dismiss them as “just getting older” but we encourage you to be proactive in your pet’s health to ensure it’s not more than just ageing.
A nutritionally complete diet that is tailored for mature or senior pets is an important consideration as your pet gets older. Typically these diets are higher in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and fibre. Depending on your pet’s needs, your Veterinarian may recommend a prescription diet (for instance, a kidney-friendly diet if they have early kidney disease, or a weight loss diet if they need to shed a few pounds).
During your pet’s annual exam your Veterinarian will want to know what, and how much your pet is eating to determine if it is still appropriate for them.
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 Monday, March 30, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy and "drop off" policy to protect our clients and staff. We ask that you follow these steps:
a. When you arrive, please remain stay in the hallway and use your cell phone to call us at 306.373.3500. Please ensure your pet is either in a carrier or has a collar that can be attached to a leash.
b. Once an exam room is ready, we will come to take your pet from you and into an exam room and call you to take a history and talk about any concerns.
c. Once the exam is over we call you with our recommended treatment plan, we can then arrange to take payment over the phone./p>
d. We will then bring your pet out to you in the hallway.
2. We are giving priority to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services please give us a call and we can decide if the appointment can be done at a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday through Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, & closed on Sundays
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 and you will be asked to pay over the phone. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, and we will place your order outside on the table or bring to you in the hallway.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
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 Cumberland Veterinary Clinic