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.
At Fairview Animal Hospital we strongly feel that senior care for cats is very important. Cats age much faster than people do therefore health problems can arise very quickly, so it is good to know what signs to watch for in your aging cats.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of aging?
There are 3 stages to the senior cats life they are as follows:
● Mature – 7-10 years.
○ May be less active, not as playful, will sometimes eat slower, may notice changes in dental health (smelly breathe, discoloured teeth)
● Senior – 11-14 years.
○ Changes in mobility (having a hard time jumping onto things, climbing stairs), sleeping more, decreased intake of food, increased water intake, may have difficult time with high sided litter boxes.
● Geriatric – 15 years and over
○ More changes in mobility, spine and hips can become more visible due to muscle loss, increased urination, decreased appetite, sleeping most of the day, can experience vision and/or hearing changes/loss
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
Senior cats can have different health concerns that can cause weight loss. The best way to determine what is going on with your feline friend is to do a physical exam, bloodwork, and urinalysis testing. It gives us better look at the health of your cat both inside and out.
What are some tips for how to care for my senior cat?
Regular veterinary check-ups ideally twice yearly are the best way to care for your aging kitty. It allows us to catch any problems as early as possible. Some things you can do at home are using raised water and food dishes. Another great way to help your cat as they age is using low sided litter boxes so they can walk in and out without climbing.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Some of the most common health issues with senior cats involve changes in mobility generally from arthritis. Your cat may sleep more to avoid pain when being active. Also common as cats age, we tend to see changes in the kidney or liver health and function, as well as thyroid issues.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
As cats age, they can have cognitive dysfunction which can cause them to have behavioural issues. Often changing things in the environment (moving a litter box, putting food dishes in a different area, adding a step/ramp to furniture) can help. In some instances, medication can be used.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
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 SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!