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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Should I Adopt a Senior Dog?

There are many great reasons to adopt a senior dog. Many of these dogs had homes and families of their own, but for some reason, have found themselves without. These elderly dogs need to be loved and cared for just as much, if not more, than a young dog. Plus, the old dog with respect and appreciate your home as much as your home will appreciate avoiding puppy training. Even if you’re your senior is not quite as educated as you would have hoped, it’s not an issue. It’s a busted myth that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Also, if you are older yourself or face a lack of mobility, you may be better equipped to care for a senior dog. They tend to be much less active than young dogs and aren’t very likely to drag you across the dog park.

Certain things should be taken into consideration before deciding to adopt an older dog. For starters, you have to accept the possibility that your journey together may not last very long. You also need to accept that your buddy will likely require special care. This special care can be frustrating, time-consuming and expensive. You have to learn to slow down a bit and take your time as arthritis slows them down. However, most of these issues can be combated with a little love and patience. At the end of the day, old dogs make just as great of companions as young dogs. So, consider the elderly!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 204.253.2668.

Written by: Matt



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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 Thursday, March 19, 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 204.253.2668. We will take a history over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the exam is complete, we will give you a call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return to your vehicle. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way! Note: the door will be locked. Please distance away from the entrance and a member of our team will greet you.

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.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.

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

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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital