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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Senior Dog Care

Senior Dog Care

All that a young dog wants to do is spend their days running, playing, and loving life. We expect that when they become senior dogs, they will slow down and stop being active, but it doesn’t have to be! By taking a little extra care, your dog’s later years can be just as vibrant and fun-filled as their early years. Like humans, dogs can have special needs as they age. We can help you understand the changes you’ve seen in your dog and provide you with information and treatments to keep your older dog feeling like a puppy.

When is a dog considered a senior pet?


Once a dog reaches the age of 7, they are considered to be a senior, but a dog’s age at different rates, depending on their size. For large breeds, their expected lifespan is often several years shorter. So, for these dogs, we begin treating them as seniors at 4 or 5 years of age. Therefore, this is the time when we want to start preventive care to keep your dog healthier in their advanced years.

How should I care for my senior dog? (example: schedule regular check-ups, exercise, special diet, etc.)


When you bring your dog in for a senior visit, we do a full physical exam. We also recommend blood tests as the results can tell us valuable information on your pet’s wellbeing. As senior dogs have different nutritional needs, we can discuss the best diet for them.

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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 Monday, March 23, 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 902-477-4040. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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 Spryfield Animal Hospital