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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. 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 outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Our grooming department is now OPEN.We will be calling clients to rebook appointments. Please be patient—lots of our furry friends are in need of a trim!
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Campbell River Veterinary Hospital