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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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Your Pet Gazette - What will a visit to the vet look like this fall/winter?

It's been a challenging year for many of you and we want to reassure you that the availability of veterinary care for your pets is not something you need to worry about.  We are prepared to continue providing a high standard of veterinary care for your furry family members during the fall and winter months.  We continue to perform routine medicine and urgent care appointments as well and surgery and dental services. Read on to learn more about your next visit to the hospital.

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Last updated: July 30, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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

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 still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


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.

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

- Your dedicated team at Annex Animal Hospital