We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Senior Cat Care

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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 709.368.7981. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone by credit card or by e-transfer. E-transfers can be sent to info@sunrise-vet.ca.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Sunrise Animal Hospital