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.
Due to high numbers of COVID-19 and recent changes to restrictions, we will be returning to a full closed door policy effective Monday October 26th.
In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:
a) With the exception of euthanasia, clients will no longer be able to accompany their pets into the hospital for their appointment. Appointments will be conducted over the phone.
b) Parking stall signs will be placed in front of each parking stall giving direction on how to proceed once you arrive. When arriving for an appointment we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call us at 204-253-2668 to check in, we will provide further information on next steps.
c) When picking up food or medication please TEXT your last name, pets name and stall# to 431-400-7822. This information will be on the parking stall signage.
d) In order to further decrease traffic we encourage you to purchase your pet food and non-prescription supplies online using our online store (direct access to the online store is also available on our website). Your purchase will be shipped directly to your home. Orders over $100 ship for free!
e) Prescriptions and in clinic purchases of food and supplies must be pre-ordered.
f) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & E-Transfer).
g) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.
If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.
If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.
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
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
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