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Senior Cat Care

Ah, the Golden Years! Our senior pets, much like us, can suffer from a variety of different “old age” issues. The goal of our veterinary team is to help you, the pet parent, make your cat’s golden years as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Contact the clinic to find out what options are available for your cat’s specific needs.

What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?

Cats are masters at hiding their pain and discomfort. Our older friends are no exception. One of the most common comments we hear is that the senior cat is sleeping more often, or in strange spots. The second most common is that the pet is no longer jumping around, or as active as usual. Both of these can be the first outward signs of arthritis in your senior cat. Our veterinary team recommends your cat to come in for an exam if you notice anything out of the ordinary with them and at least once per year.

My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?

Our veterinary team would recommend an examination and nutritional consultation. Additional diagnostics like blood work and/or urinalysis may also be recommended.

How can I care for my senior cat?

Our veterinarians recommend regular examinations for our senior friends every six months – sooner if there are problems detected. With some senior pets, you may not notice any change in their attitude, lifestyles or exercise regime, while others tend to “slow down,” as they age. It is generally recommended that senior pets are allowed to set the pace and frequency for interactions and exercise. Also, senior pets require special dietary consideration. If you have a senior pet, contact the clinic for his bi-yearly examination and a nutritional consultation.

What are some common health issues?

Our senior pets can suffer from many of the same “old age” ailments as we do. Pets as young as two years of age can suffer from arthritis and dental disease! Senior pets are more prone to these as well as obesity, kidney disease, weight loss/muscle wasting, failing eyesight and hearing. Senior pets could also suffer from cognitive dysfunction – similar to Alzheimer’s disease, or senile dementia in people. There are many options available to help your cat’s golden years shine. Contact Park Road Veterinary Clinic for more information.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

As our senior pets age, they can have many issues including behavioural ones. Often, the behaviour changes seen are the result of an underlying issue causing pain, like arthritis. If you are noticing any changes in your senior cat, behavioural or otherwise, contact the clinic to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. There are several options available to help your senior cat have a more comfortable time, during their golden years.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 519-759-3031. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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 Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. 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 Park Road Veterinary Clinic