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.
As the companion who cares for your cat every day, there’s much that you can do to keep your cat healthy and happy. Your veterinarian can provide guidance on making the most of your cat’s senior years, including understanding the common signs of ageing, deciding what to feed your cat, and looking for signs of common age-related diseases.
What are the stages of a senior cats life? How to spot signs of ageing?
Like people or dogs, some cats age faster than others. Cats can be placed into one of three groups, mature/middle-aged (7-10 years of age), senior (11-14 years of age) and geriatric (15+ years of age). Some common signs of ageing in cats include: changes to the senses (vision, hearing, taste and smell), decreased mobility, changes in sleeping and eating patterns and modifications in litter box habits. Any significant change that you have noticed, whether acute in onset or gradual, warrants a trip to the veterinarian.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
Weight loss can be a very serious clinical sign in senior cats. When you have noticed that your cat has been losing weight, please make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately. You will want to have kept track of appetite (how much food your cat is eating and how frequently), how much water is being consumed, litter box habits, and any vomiting or diarrhea episodes. Your veterinarian will collect a thorough history from you, do a physical examination and likely recommend blood work and a urinalysis.
How can I care for my senior cat?
There are many practical things a pet owner can do for their ageing cats; schedule regular veterinary examinations. Ensure your cat’s favourite resting spot is not in a drafty area of the house, provide easy access to basic needs (e.g. avoid putting litter boxes down many flights of stairs or keeping litter boxes wide and shallow). Provide jumps/stools to allow your pet to reach favourite perches easily. Brush/groom frequently but gently, minimise stress and changes and provide a high quality and appropriate diet.
What are some common health issues?
Some common health problems in senior cats include kidney disease, an overactive thyroid gland, diabetes, arthritis, dental disease and cancer.
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 416.423.3042. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
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, & closed Saturday to Sunday
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.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. 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.
7. 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.