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.
Just like humans, our cat’s body changes as they get older. Care for our felines also needs to change alongside our cat’s bodily changes. When our pets start to slow down or show signs of ageing, it is important to talk to your veterinarian about geriatric or palliative care for them. Most cats are considered senior after 7-10 years.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
As our cats advance into the later years of their life, they begin to show very subtle signs of ageing. Even though it may not be obvious, any changes should be noted and discussed with a veterinarian. We can help your pet remain comfortable and extend their quality of life at this stage.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
Weight loss is a common sign for many different disease processes. It can also depend on whether the weight loss is due to body fat or muscle wasting. You can book an examination with our veterinarian to initiate testing to find possible weight loss causes.
What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?
Regular examinations are important for detecting and treating our senior cats before problems occur. We also recommend having blood work done to check and monitor organ function, electrolyte balances and blood cell production. Getting your cat on a senior food diet is essential as they formulate it in a way that your older cat will get more nutrients out of it. Joint supplements can be beneficial to an older cat, especially those with arthritis.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Every animal is different and so are their lives. It is impossible to predict what ailments will affect our pets, but there are some common health issues we may see in older cats, including kidney disease, thyroid disease, dental disease, joint disease, diabetes, dementia, blindness and deafness.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
There is an array of reasons why animals may begin changing behaviour. It may be due to issues such as decreased vision, not being able to hear well and/or pain. Many diseases our older pets experience can alter hormone balances which may affect behaviour. Some cats may also experience dementia or senility with age.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre North