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.
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!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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
As of Monday July 6 we will allow one owner to accompany their pet into the building for medical appointments. Clients must wear a mask if they want to accompany their pet inside. If you do not have one then one can be provided to you. Doors will remain locked. Please call when you arrive for your appointment to be admitted to the building. If you prefer, curbside service will continue to be offered for medical appointments.
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 remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital