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Changes Expected When Pets Get Older

Just like their owners, pets go through a lot of changes as they reach their senior years. At Morinville Vet Clinic, we deal with many of the medical changes that are a concern to pets and their owners. Some examples of these would be arthritis, heart disease and kidney failure. It is important to know that there are many “senior changes” that do not pose a health risk. It is just helpful to be aware of them.

One of the most obvious is a change in the coat. Older pets, especially dogs, tend to go grey in the face and legs as they age. Their coat also starts becoming duller and more matted. This is partly due to the pet spending less time grooming itself and partly due to a decrease in the natural oils of the coat. This last problem can often be helped by adding a supplement to the diet.

Another area that deteriorates in old age is the lens of the eye.  The lens is the part of the eye that focuses. It is supposed to be clear. As pets get older, the lens starts to fog up. It usually happens so gradually that the pet can adapt. Still, their eyesight is slowly getting worse. It would be like you trying to drive a car that has a misted up windshield.

Along with the eyesight, many pets have their hearing get worse in old age. It may take years to become completely deaf and for most pets hearing just becomes. What an owner will notice is that the pet startles easily, because you can sneak up on it. Some people will comment that their dog has lost its training. This is because it no longer hears the commands. This is another reason to train dogs with visual commands as well as oral ones.

One change to be aware of in the Morinville area is that pets lose some of the ability to tolerate low winter temperatures as they get older. Pets that used to stay out all day in the winter no longer can tolerate it. They would rather be inside or in a heated kennel.

None of the changes I have mentioned are life-threatening. They are simply changes to be aware of to make your pet more comfortable in his senior years.

Written by Morinville Veterinary Clinic


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Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Morinville Veterinary Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of Monday, July 21, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit.

Along with wearing a face mask and using hand sanitizer, any client wishing to be present during an exam will need to record your name, phone number and email address for contact tracing purposes, in compliance with Alberta Health requirements.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 780.939.3133 upon your arrival.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Use hand washing station upon entry.
  • 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".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, 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.

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