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.
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.
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 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Acadia Drive Animal Clinic