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.
As veterinarians, our job is to help cats grow old. As their fur starts to grey, our job is to ensure that they remain healthy and active as they grow old. Making sure that you provide extra attention to your cat in their later stages in life is essential in helping them stay happy and healthy. A big part of that is ensuring that your cat is regularly examined by your veterinarian.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How do you spot the signs of ageing?
Cats become classified as mature at 7-10 years of age, and are seniors from 11-14, and geriatric from 15 years and up, with the average life expectancy of a cat being 16 and a half years. During this time, subtle signs will indicate that your cat is ageing. More sleeping, less playing or engaging with toys, less interest in normally preferred stimulation (birds outside, cat grass, TV Shows, etc), difficulty or issues getting up or down stairs, weight loss, and litter-box challenges are the most common issues that develop in ageing cats.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
Senior cats can lose weight for many different reasons, varying in severity from a mild illness to severe diseases like diabetes, hyperthyroidism and kidney disease. We do know that muscle mass loss in older cats is directly related to a decrease in life expectancy, so we need to figure out why they are losing weight as soon as possible!
How can I care for my senior cat?
Senior cats need easier access to soft sleeping locations: purchasing a set of stairs to gain access to the bed or couch, lower cat trees and step stools, and low-sided litter boxes are critical. Ageing means illnesses can develop quickly, regular exams and blood tests by a veterinarian should be done twice a year to make sure no diet, supplement or medication changes are needed to keep your senior cat healthy and happy for as long as possible.
What are some common health issues?
Arthritis, diabetes, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, dental and heart disease are all common serious illnesses that affect older cats more commonly than younger cats.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
There are many reasons why older cats start acting differently. Any behaviour change could be a strong indication that your cat may be unhealthy or have an illness. Being more grumpy, sleeping more and in different locations than their preferred spots, defecating and/or urinating outside the litter box when they have never done so before are all common warning signs, and all indicate something is troubling your older cat. It is advisable to take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
We are allowing 1 client per pet into the hospital (up to a maximum of 3 clients in our hospital at one time). Clients are to wait in the waiting room during the exam since there is not enough space for physical distancing with the veterinarian in our small exam rooms. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:00 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!