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.

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What is the life expectancy of my dog?

The old-age conversion standard for dogs used to be “one year of dog life equals seven years of human life.” But in reality, dog to human age conversion is not a standard case of “one size fits all.”

It applies to both the overall size of the dog affecting its lifespan and its life stage. Dogs age faster in their first couple of years of life, and bigger breeds of dog age more quickly than their smaller counterparts. Below is a list of a variety of breeds put together by Dr. Kelly M. Cassidy, and their average life expectancies. Below is a chart published by the American Kennel Club that lists dog age conversions based on their adult weight.

dog life expectancy by breed

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Why Does My Dog Walk Around in Circles Before They Lay Down?

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.

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

a) Only 1 family member may accompany the pet in the appointment.

b) You must wear a mask while in the hospital. If you do not have one we can provide you one for a $2 donation to our OSCAR fund.

c) You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry.

d) You must maintain a 6-foot distance from team members.

e) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & Debit).

f) Upon arrival, please call us (204-253-2668) from your vehicle, and we will provide direction as our waiting room still remains closed, and our doors locked. If you do not have a cell phone you may ring the doorbell and wait by the "Please Wait Here" sign.

g) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.

If you prefer not to be present for your pet's appointment and would prefer us to conduct the appointment via telephone please let us know.

In addition to the above-mentioned protocols we are screening all clients for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to protect our clients and team members.

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

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
Sunday: Closed


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