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.
Senior cat care is focused mainly on preventing and treating diseases that we often see in older cats. Proper food based on your cat’s dietary needs, as well as yearly check-ups and blood screenings, can often help keep your cat healthy well into its late teen years!
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 or senior, and their needs start to change. Factors to consider are less interest in playing, increased sleeping time, joint stiffness and increased vocalization.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
If your cat is losing weight and you are concerned, it is best to make an appointment right away to have an exam and bloodwork done. Getting your cat in to see a veterinarian before they become iller is the best way to ensure a quick recovery or an early diagnosis and treatment.
What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?
Caring for your senior cat includes a proper diet, yearly check-ups and exams, and our senior profile bloodwork. Talk to our team to find out how to best care for your senior cat.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Arthritis, renal disease, dental disease, thyroid disease and heart disease are some of the most common health issues in senior cats.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
Behavioural issues may develop for many reasons. The first step is to determine if there is a medical reason behind the behavioural changes. We recommend you make an appointment with our veterinarians to discuss these changes.
Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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 & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
- 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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital