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.

Pros and Cons of Adopting a Senior Pet

Adoption is a great way to add an animal to your family. When considering adopting an animal, you may choose to go with an older animal. There are both pros and cons when adopting an older animal. You will be giving an older animal a second chance, and the animal may have some of the same mannerisms you do. The downside is you may not get to spend as much time with your new pet as you would like.

Older animals in need of adoption have likely been in a home before. By adopting these animals, you are giving them a second chance at home life. For reasons out of their control, these senior animals will be in need of new owners, and by adopting them, you can help them settle back into normal life. Some of these animals will require little training and will need a little adjustment period and positivity to settle in. In some situations, the adoption of a senior animal can be a smooth transition for both owner and pet.

Older animals can mimic the mannerisms of older people. Therefore, if you are considering adopting an animal, but maybe you don’t have the energy to keep up with a puppy, a senior animal could be a great choice. All animals require attention and care. A senior animal may be set into a routine and require less exercise and attention than a newer animal.

While there are several reasons to adopt a senior animal, one drawback is that you will not have the pet for as long. Owners and animals form a special bond, and it is hard to see your animal leave. Unfortunately, an older animal will not be with you for their whole life span. Also, senior pets often have lifetime illnesses that would require routine visits to your veterinarian. While this is not a reason to avoid adopting an older animal, it is something to keep in the back of your mind.

A new pet is always an exciting time for any family. When deciding on a new pet, adoption can be a great option. Senior pets can be a great addition to any family.

Written by: Natasha Dehoope, CCR



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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 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 613-542-7337. 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 can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Tuesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. We accept credit card and debit card.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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 Kingston Veterinary Clinic