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.
Cats slow down with age. They may sleep more, not want to exercise as much, put on weight and their personality can change. Don’t forget, senior cats still need regular health exams, even though we may not vaccinate them yearly as they age.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
Most cats are considered senior between 7-10 years old. Signs of ageing in cats can be subtle. Loss of hearing, changes in the eyes, changes in eating habits, mobility problems, behavioural changes, skin, nail and coat changes.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
If your cat is losing weight you should consult your vet in case there is an underlying medical condition. Also, discuss whether feeding a senior diet is advisable.
What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?
Take your senior kitty for health exams semi-annual, in this way we can spot problems sooner than if they just came in once a year. Make sure litter boxes have low sides, so as it’s easier to get in and out of. Trim their nails regularly and help groom them often (arthritic cats don’t seem to want to groom themselves too much, due to the fact they’re sore).
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Senior cats tend to have weight gain or loss, arthritis, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes mellitus, dental disease, cancer etc.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
Common behaviour changes and problems are seen in older cats, such as urinating outside of the litter box, spraying and increased aggression. These behaviour issues could be from some underlying cause, i.e. health issue. A full senior exam and blood work is recommended to rule this out.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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
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. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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.
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 Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic