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.
Cats age at a faster pace than humans, however, they are living longer thanks to wellness and preventative care. As your cat ages, it is important for us to examine them more often in order to detect diseases earlier, so we can help them be comfortable and happy through their senior years.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
There are early seniors – these are cats that are roughly 7-9 years of age who are transitioning from adult to seniorhood. We also have seniors that are 10+ years old that will be more commonly affected with degenerative diseases. Some signs of ageing may include slowing down and inactivity, confusion, weight loss, decreased muscle mass and decreased appetite.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
Your cat is likely losing weight due to a medical condition. Healthy senior cats should not have weight loss unless there is an illness or disease condition affecting them. Your cat should be seen by a veterinarian for a physical examination, where they can further discuss diagnostic options.
How can I care for my senior cat?
It is important to have your cat assessed by a veterinarian on a biannual or annual basis, as often people are unaware of health problems that may already be present. If caught in a timely manner, these may be prevented from progressing.
What are some common health issues?
Common health issues that affect senior cats include osteoarthritis, hyperthyroidism, chronic renal failure, cancer, and cognitive decline.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
Your elderly cat may be having behavioural problems, as a result of cognitive dysfunction. This is akin to dementia in humans, however, there are safe options and supplements that can be given to help with age-related brain changes.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 416-752-5114. 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. Cash will not be accepted at this time.
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: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm - Tuesday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm - Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 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!