Important Pender Emergency Room Update: 

Beginning on 7/12/2021, Pender had to adjust our emergency hours. We are open to see incoming emergencies from 7:00am-10:00pm until further announced. Pender will still have qualified Veterinary Professionals for nursing care 24/7, 365 with a doctor on call for hospitalized patients. Since an Emergency Veterinarian is not onsite after 10:00pm, please remember to call us if you need help with your pet, as our evening and overnight team does have access to the status of other local emergency rooms and can better serve you if you call first to discuss your pet’s needs during night-time hours.

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“You are what you eat…”

Most of us have heard the expression, and by the time we are in our thirties, we’ve observed the truth of it not only in ourselves but in our friends. With our pet friends, it is no different. Most of our pets age at least seven times faster than we do, and for some small mammals, it is 21 times faster. An annual physical is necessary in pets because changes happen very quickly, and a two pound gain per year is just not healthy. Remember, obesity in pets is a real problem and can decrease their life expectancy by up to two years. Parasite problems, obesity, increased water consumption, dental disease, a lump, a low grade ear infection…any of these health concerns and more can be picked up with a discussion and a good physical exam.

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