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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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
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 us. 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.
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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Mill Creek Animal Hospital