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.
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.
Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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, heartworm testing, 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 & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital