As we continue to experience challenges and disruptions in our daily lives due to COVID-19, we wanted to keep you informed of possible delays in services and employee status currently at Takoma Park Animal Clinic.
First, we have not received any reports from our staff regarding any exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We have required all staff, visitors, and other stakeholders to wear a mask at all times while on the premises (inside or outside). We also require that staff and visitors sanitize their hands at the entrance and keep 6 ft distance from each other. Our goal is to provide a safe & healthy environment for our staff, clients, and all stakeholders.
Secondly, we are also making every effort to ensure we can continue to serve you and your companion during the pandemic. At this point, we have decided to adjust our operating hours given the final decision of the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s Public School Board of Education’s decisions about student’s virtual learning from home. This decision has impacted many parents/guardians in our area and our staff isn’t exempt. See temporary hours below. In addition, only clients requiring euthanasia services will be allowed into the clinic at this time. Please note that we are providing curbside service and telemedicine as an alternative.
Lastly, we will continue to keep you informed of any further updates as we all maneuver through this new “norm” journey. We thank you in advance for your continued understanding and support as we strive to meet the needs of all stakeholders involved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but please know that the decision was not easy; yet, for the best. We hope that you and your family are keeping safe. Thank you for allowing Takoma Park Animal Clinic to care for your veterinary needs.
Sunday: 9am to 1pm
Mon & Wed: 8am to 5pm
Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 2pm
Pets age faster than us, so cats and dogs can be considered seniors when they reach just seven years of age. As pets grow older, their health needs change. That’s why, at Takoma Park Animal Clinic, we provide specialized veterinary care for pets to keep them healthy throughout every stage of life.
Senior Pet Wellness Exams in Takoma Park
We recommend that senior pets visit us for two wellness examinations and health screenings per year. During these appointments, we’ll perform a whiskers-to-tail physical examination, run blood tests, and we might even recommend regular x-rays to screen for internal changes that could indicate illness.
These exams and tests allow our veterinarians to keep a close watch over your pet’s health, increasing the chances that we’ll diagnose new problems as soon as they arise. With early diagnosis and prompt treatment, many age-related diseases can be managed quite well.
Regular wellness appointments are especially important for pets living with chronic health conditions. With each exam, we’ll ensure your pet is doing well and adjust treatments or medications, as needed.
Common Age-Related Diseases
Older pets are at an increased risk of developing the following health problems:
Arthritis and other joint/bone disorders
Kidney and liver disease
Senior Pet Care Advice
In addition to more frequent veterinary exams, senior pets will also benefit from a variety of lifestyle and dietary changes. This might include adjusting their food quality and calorie intake in addition to providing nutritional supplements designed to help them stave off the symptoms of age-related illness.
Additionally, our veterinarians will help you make changes in your pet’s environment and activities to keep them healthy, comfortable, and happy throughout their golden years. This might include dental care, modified exercise routines, raised food and water bowls, providing steps onto the sofa or into the car, and orthopedic pet beds.
We’ll provide you with all the guidance you need to fully understand how your pet’s health might shift as they age.
Help Your Pets Age Gracefully with Senior Pet Wellness Care
With regular wellness appointments, our veterinarians can work with you to develop a senior health plan designed to meet your aging pet’s ever-changing needs. Contact Takoma Park Animal Clinic to learn more about geriatric veterinary care for senior pets or to schedule an appointment for your gray-whiskered companion.