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.
The ‘golden years’ for our cats begins around the age of 7 and older, this is the time that they officially enter the senior citizen category. It is around this time that we start to monitor your cat for changes that could indicate early diseases and illnesses are beginning. Our older cats have won a definite place in our hearts. We know their quirks, quarks and what truly makes them unique to our lives. We never want to face the inevitable fact that they are advancing in years but with the right amount of love, affection, health care and nutrition – we can make these senior years some of the most memorable ones yet.
For all of our cats, they are considered senior pets at seven years of age or older.
Arthritis: just like people, as our pet’s age they can develop degeneration changes in their joints (arthritis). This can lead to painful joints, which can decrease mobility and comfort.
Kidney disease: Over time, our cat’s kidneys age and lose the ability to concentrate urine. The most common sign seen at home is initially an increase in drinking and urination.
Thyroid disease: An overactive thyroid gland, or hyperthyroidism, can be very common in our senior kitties. The most common signs we see at home are weight loss and an increase in appetite.
Dental disease: This can happen at any point in a pet’s life, but it is especially important to assess in their golden years. A buildup of tartar and gingivitis can lead to infections, damage to the jaw bones and a sore mouth.
Behavioural changes: Over time, senior pets may display increased vocalization, appetite changes, drinking changes and more or less affection towards their owners or other pets in the household. This could indicate many things, including an underlying disease process, pain, blood pressure issues or sometimes cognitive changes including senility.
How should I care for my senior cat?
The most significant thing to do is watch for any changes to your pet’s typical routine. Watch for mobility changes and changes in appetite, drinking, behaviour, and weight. This can help detect any underlying problems as early as possible. A physical examination is recommended once to twice a year to ensure that any ageing issues found are addressed. Annual blood work and urine samples are an excellent way of screening our pet’s internal organs (liver, kidneys, protein levels, blood sugar levels and more) to detect any underlying diseases and catch them at an earlier stage so that treatment measures can be undertaken quickly.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 in per pet into the hospital. 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 for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link. You will be connected to an on-call veterinarian that may be located at a different hospital.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!