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.
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.
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 Thursday, March 19, 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 204.253.2668. We will take a history over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the exam is complete, we will give you a call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return to your vehicle. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way! Note: the door will be locked. Please distance away from the entrance and a member of our team will greet you.
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 Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 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 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.
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.
- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital