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Senior Cat Preventive Healthcare

An eight-year-old cat is the equivalent age of a 50-year-old person. When humans reach this stage in their life their doctor will recommend screening for various age-related conditions such as cancers, kidney and liver abnormalities, gastrointestinal and heart conditions. Blood work, urine testing, x-rays and blood pressure measurement and other diagnostics can catch disease and age changes early. We recommend the same for your cat.

Early detection of kidney, liver and thyroid diseases, to name a few, allow us to administer the appropriate treatments to make your cat comfortable, and help extend their life.

How often should my senior cat visit the veterinarian?


Even though you may believe your pet is healthy, there are many age-related disease processes that do not show any outward sign until the disease is quite advanced. More advanced diseases can be more difficult to treat and are not always as responsive to treatment as diseases diagnosed early. We recommend annual visits for all our feline patients. Cats with ongoing chronic medical conditions may require more frequent visits for follow-up tests two or three times a year. Geriatric patients (14+ years of age) or those with advanced medical conditions should be seen at least every six months.

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


Cats of any age with unintended weight loss should visit the veterinarian for a thorough nose-to-tail examination. A physical examination includes:

  • Bone, Joint and Muscle Examination
  • Skin & Coat Examination
  • Heart & Lung Evaluation
  • Eye & Ear Health Examinations
  • Abdominal Examination
  • Urinary Tract and Genital Examination
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Nutrition & Weight Assessment
  • Lifestyle & Behaviour Consultation
  • Nail Trim if Required

After performing a thorough physical examination of your cat and asking a few questions, the doctor will develop a treatment plan for you cat. Some diagnostic testing may be required to determine the cause of the weight loss. Tests may include: blood and urine tests for internal organ function, blood pressure, x-rays or ultrasound.

What are some tips for how to care for my senior cat?


As they age, you may notice a change in your cat’s mobility and activity levels. You may need to provide easier access to food and water bowls, and the litter box. Some older cats may have more difficulty grooming themselves. You may need to brush them more regularly and bring them in for regular nail trims.

For less active cats, you may wish to provide more interactive types of toys to keep them moving and stimulated.

Your cat’s nutritional requirements will change as they age. Part of their annual examination will include a discussion about diet and body condition.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?


A few of the more common senior cat health problems we treat regularly include: kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, dental disease, urinary infections, heart conditions, obesity, and arthritis. Regular check-ups for senior cats are recommended so that we can catch these common ailments at an earlier stage and provide them with a better quality of life in their senior years.

What are some signs my senior cat may display if they are feeling unwell?


Cats are experts at hiding signs of pain or weakness. Often, their behaviours will change very gradually over time and you may not notice it until it becomes more pronounced. If you notice any changes in your cat’s behaviour, appetite and feeding habits, litter box habits, grooming habits, a reluctance to jump up or climb stairs, please call us.

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Last updated: April 11, 2022

We are so happy to announce that our doctors are now seeing clients and patients in the hospital. Please read on for more information about how your next appointment will work.

NOTE:
Masks are mandatory for indoor service
Limit 1 person admitted per appointment

1. Please come to the FRONT door on time for your appointment and call us to check-in. The seating area in our waiting room is not yet available
2. At your appointment time, we will guide you and your pet directly into an examination room where you may wait for the veterinarian.
3. Please be advised, there is a time limit set for each appointment that we must adhere to in order to avoid keeping the next patient waiting.
4. After your appointment, you may now check out at the front desk.
5. If you are LATE for your appointment, we will attempt to accommodate you for a shorter time with the doctor. If you are more than 5 minutes late, please reschedule.
6. We respect your concerns for safety. If you prefer a curbside appointment, please let us know when you call to book your pet.

CURBSIDE SERVICE FOR PRESCRIPTIONS AND PET FOODS

In order to accommodate clients and pets for appointments, we need to limit the capacity of people in our reception area. For this reason, we have elected to temporarily provide curbside service only for pet supply orders.

Please call ahead to order pet foods and prescriptions. We will bring them outside when you arrive to pick them up. Thank you for your consideration.

*NEW CLIENTS AND NEW PATIENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!*

Our veterinarians are currently seeing all patients by appointment ONLY. We are currently operating with both curbside and in office appointments. We have limited capacity to accommodate indoor appointments but please let us know your preference at the time of booking and we will do our very best to accommodate your request. Please note, for safety reasons, you will be asked to wait behind a clear screen while speaking with the veterinarian. Your pet will be examined by the veterinarian while one of our assistants holds them. We appreciate your patience and understanding as these appointments take a little longer than normal.  

How do curbside / closed-door appointments work?
Please come to the back door for your appointment and call 416-537-3128 upon arrival. A veterinarian will speak with you over the phone and a veterinary assistant will come out to collect your pet for an examination. After examining your pet, the doctor will follow-up on the phone with their findings and recommendations. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your pets. Please let us know in advance if they have any special needs.

Payment Methods:
We are currently accepting all payment methods. However, credit or debit cards are preferred.
 

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Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- The team at Annex Animal Hospital