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.
Every year our pets age the equivalent of approximately seven human years. We strongly recommend yearly health exams as this would translate to an exam approximately every 7 human years! Yearly health exams are a valuable part of your pet’s health and wellness. An annual exam can help detect and address concerns before they progress, which can lessen the effects a disease has on your pet. Early detection provides us with the opportunity to change the course of the disease, giving you and your pet more happy and healthy time together. This is especially important for ageing pets as the earlier we catch disease processes the longer we can keep your pet happy and healthy!
Typically, we consider pets over the age of 7 years old to be entering the geriatric stage of their lives.
What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?
As pets age, a variety of health issues may arise. Organ disease such as kidney and liver disease are common as well as cancers, dental disease and arthritis.
How should I care for my senior dog?
Yearly health exams and bloodwork can help your veterinarian to catch diseases early and prolong the health and happiness of your pet. We strongly recommend blood work as over time we can detect small changes in certain values that could indicate your pet may be developing a certain disease. We can then provide you with the tools to slow down the progression of the disease. Our primary goal is to maintain the health of your pet and yearly health exams and bloodwork are the tools we need to make sure that we can achieve that.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "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. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. When the doctor is ready for your appointment, a staff member will come out and let you know.
We are happy to say that as of July 14th, we are now able to allow ONE member of your household to accompany your pet inside for their examination, as long as you bring a mask of your own to wear while inside the clinic.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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 ARE BACK TO NORMAL
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic