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.
If your cat is older than eight years of age, he/she is considered to be a “senior” pet. We typically recommend bi-annual wellness exams for our senior patients as things can change with our older pets faster than when they are younger. Our veterinarians will also discuss running some senior wellness bloodwork with you when you come for your appointment as we always promote “early disease detection” here at College Manor Veterinary Hospital. The sooner we are alerted to any changes with your animal companion, the sooner we can start to remedy the situation and help to keep them healthy and happy for many years to come.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
When a cat reaches their senior years, regular trips to the veterinarian will help to detect medical conditions that could become more pronounced in their later years of life. The earlier we can diagnose these changes and act upon them, the better our chances of managing them successfully. Some things you may notice to alert you to your cats changing needs are mobility issues, inappropriate urination or defecation, dementia, skin disease or weight loss just to mention a few. Should you notice your cat starting to slow down or show signs of ageing, please call us at (905) 853-4706 and schedule a senior wellness appointment for your cat.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
If you notice your senior cat is starting to lose weight, please give the clinic a call at (905) 853-4706 and schedule a senior preventive care exam for your cat.
How can I care for my senior cat?
A few things you can do to help make life easier for your senior cat are provide them with a warm comfy bed as many senior pets suffer from arthritis and mobility issues. As cats age their litterbox habits may change as well, so it is always best to have multiple clean litterboxes throughout your home. Regular trips to the veterinarian for preventive care exams and senior blood panels will also help to tip us off early about anything unusual with your cat and get back on track before any permanent damage has occurred.
What are some common health issues?
Some common health issues with senior cats are weight loss, heart disease, kidney insufficiency, diabetes, arthritis, dental disease etc.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
As cats age their litterbox habits will sometimes change as well. It is very important throughout your cat’s life to always make sure he/she has a clean fresh litter pan to use should the need arise. Some cats will become more aggressive or agitated as they get older. This typically has nothing to do with the owner, but more to do with your cat and their comfort level. If an older cat is suffering from arthritis or painful joints, they will sometimes lash out at you when you are trying to comfort them. Do not be alarmed. This is a good indicator your cat needs to be re-assessed by your regular veterinarian and quite possibly some form of therapy initiated. Please call the office at (905) 853-4706 to schedule your appointment.
Have you ever bought a plant to decorate for the holidays or dropped a vitamin accidentally? As these things do happen and can cause a potential pet poison risk, it is important to be informed as a preventative measure.
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 905.853.4706. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm & Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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, visit our website.
Note: Due to the continued health precautions recommended by Health Canada, we have elected to discontinue 'in clinic' pick-ups for items ordered via our Webstore including both medications and food with immediate effect. The delivery option is extremely flexible and they will deliver to your place of work, home, cottage or wherever you choose.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
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 College Manor Veterinary Hospital