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.

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Senior Dog Care

Dogs age just like people do, but faster! As your pet ages, it is important for us to see your dog more often in order to detect diseases earlier, so we can help them to age gracefully and pain-free.

When does a dog become a senior?

There is no one age at which a dog is considered a senior. It differs between breeds, their overall health, and individual variation. For example, larger breed dogs tend to become senior earlier than small breeds.

What are common senior dog health issues?

Common senior dog health issues are dental disease, osteoarthritis, cancer, organ disease and cognitive dysfunction.

How should I care for my senior dog?

It is very important to bring your senior dog in for regular checkups and blood work, as that is the best way to detect the disease early in the process and to continue to prevent disease. In addition, feeding a healthy diet, regular exercise, mental stimulation, maintaining oral health and keeping your dog at a healthy body weight will help ease the transition into seniorhood. And as mobility declines, modifying their accommodations can make both you and your dog’s life much easier. Things, like adding ramps, providing comfier beds and good traction on floors, will go a long way when managing dogs with mobility issues.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 23, 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 416-752-5114. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 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 and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. 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.

7. 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 McLean Animal Hospital