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.
As cats reach the age of seven and older, they start to mature. Older cats need more medical attention, as they age at a rapid rate. A lot can change in just a few months, so we recommend having your senior pet examined at least every six months. Blood work is also often recommended for senior pets. An exam lets us know how they are doing physically, but blood work can tell us much more about what is going on inside. Senior cats commonly have kidney and thyroid diseases. By coming in frequently, these diseases can be diagnosed and treated earlier in attempt to slow progression.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
As cats age, there are several concerns that commonly come to surface. Older joints have more difficulty comfortably moving around, which can result in sleeping more, difficulty standing, and difficulty getting in and out of the litter box. They may also lose weight and become pickier with food, so it is important to keep them interested in eating by feeding palatable senior diets.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
There can be several reasons for weight loss, so starting with an exam and potentially running blood work on your pet is the first step.
How can I care for my senior cat?
We recommend coming in for an exam every six months with your cat, as they age at a rapid rate. Feeding a diet that is appropriate for them is also important. That may consist of a senior’s diet, or if they have any special conditions, a more case-specific diet may be recommended. We also recommend annual blood work for senior pets.
What are some common health issues?
Teeth concerns (periodontal disease), weight/muscle loss, arthritis, kidney failure, thyroid disorders are all common health concerns for a senior cat.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
There may be an underlying cause for behavioural changes in senior cats. It is important to rule out any medical causes.
I recently had my check-up with Dr. B, and he mentioned that I have a lot of tartar on my teeth and something called a resorptive lesion. I had been noticing that my mouth wasn’t feeling so clean, and it did hurt when I ate my kibble.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 780-432-7297. A team member will bring your pet inside and we will give you a call to go over the history. The exam will take place in our hospital and our Doctor will communicate the results of the examination via telephone.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations and some routine visits. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. For availability, please give us a call.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.
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 card payments over the phone are available.
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 Mill Creek Animal Hospital