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.
Similar to humans, with age, cats can develop serious health complications. Our cats are living longer and longer, due to advances in food and medical care. Proper and early detection of these health conditions promotes a longer and healthier life.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
At approximately 7 years of age, cats are considered geriatric (senior) and their needs start to change. Things to consider are less interest in play, increased sleeping time, joint stiffness and increased vocalization.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
As your cat ages, they can be at risk for kidney disease and muscle wastage. They are also at higher risk for thyroid conditions. If your cat is losing weight, we recommend scheduling a senior wellness exam and speak with your veterinarian to determine the causes of weight loss.
What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?
Your cat should be on a senior appropriate diet. We also recommend trimming their nails and assisting them with their grooming regularly. Adapting their environment to their needs, such as senior-friendly ramps or stairs for their mobility issues.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Arthritis, thyroid disease, kidney disease and diabetes are some common age-related issues that affect senior cats.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
First thing to rule out is a medical reason behind behavioural changes. We recommend you make an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss these changes.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are now allowing a limited number of clients in our clinic, however, we still encourage clients to stay in their cars where possible for annual exams, vaccines, wellness exams etc. 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us.
Please discuss with the doctor when called during your appointment time if you wish to come into the building. This may not always be possible as there will be a limited number of clients in the building at one time as proper disinfection of exam rooms will have to be completed between appointments.
If you are coming into the building, an assistant will come to get you and your pet and escort you to the exam room.
Clients are required to use disinfection stations upon entering the building
Masks are to be worn at all times while in the clinic and social distancing must be strictly adhered to in our exam rooms.
If you have been ill with fever, headache, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, flu like symptoms or have travelled in the last two weeks, we kindly ask that you not enter our facility.
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.
4. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 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!