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.
Our senior cats face the same health issues as we do in our golden years, such as arthritis, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and kidney disease. Regular veterinary visits are even more important during this stage in your pet’s life. The sooner we catch any changes in your pet’s health, the better chance we have at treating it.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
Cats are considered mature at 7-10 years old, senior at 11-14 years old and geriatric at 15+ years. Changes in your cat’s weight, activity level, urination, bowel movements, grooming habits, appetite and water intake, can all be signs that something is not right with your senior feline.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
Your senior cat should be weighed on a regular basis to keep track of any changes. If your cat’s weight is going down, it is best to schedule a veterinary appointment. Weight loss can be a sign of an underlying health issue or a change in your senior pet’s dietary requirements.
What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?
Scheduling regular veterinary visits for your senior pet will help us to catch any health issues that may be present. A senior wellness visit is recommended every 6 months. If your cat is showing signs of mobility issues, make sure that their food and litter box is easily accessible. A joint supplement is also recommended for senior pets. Keep track of any changes to your cat’s behaviour, appetite, grooming, urination, bowel movements, weight and mobility. These changes will help your veterinarian to determine if there are any health concerns with your feline friend.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Diabetes, dental disease, cancer, hyperthyroidism, arthritis and kidney disease are all common issues we see in our feline patients.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
Behavioural issues may be a sign of physical discomfort or cognitive changes in your senior pet. Please keep a record of any behavioural changes and discuss these with your veterinarian during your pet’s senior wellness visit.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 902-225-7543. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. With dramatically increased demand and dwindling supply, combined with supplier purchase limitations, we are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in obtaining many pet foods. Although we remain in stock of many of your favourite foods, and continue to order our daily maximum allocation, we regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend special orders. Please continue to call us and we will do our best to fill your needs with food we have in stock, but we can no longer guarantee supply on all brands. We are monitoring this situation daily and will advise when this situation has eased. At this time most drugs and over the counter products remain unaffected.
For food and prescription pick ups, please call us to prepay and advise us by phone when you arrive at the hospital to pick up. We will meet you at the front of the building to deliver your order. We do also have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
5. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital