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.
Senior dogs age much faster than we do and need special care and treatment. At Campbell River Veterinary Hospital, we recommend that our elderly dogs have a physical exam every six months to watch for any concerns that can creep up. Yearly blood work is also recommended, to ensure a healthy dog and monitor kidney and liver values.
Normally a pet becomes a senior at age seven, but that can vary depending on the breed of your dog. Large breed dogs such as Great Danes become senior pets earlier.
What are the most common health issues experienced by senior dogs?
There are many health concerns to watch for in older dogs. As they age quicker, some symptoms of the disease can come up quickly. Some health concerns to watch for are muscle wasting, cancer, joint concerns, and liver and kidney failure.
How should I care for my senior dog?
We recommend that you have an exam of your dog every six months and yearly blood work.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 250-923-4292. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Our grooming department is closed until further notice.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. 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, debit cards, and e-transfer payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Campbell River Veterinary Hospital