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.
Caring for your senior pet has come leaps and bounds with the introduction of many different diets and medications to help with everything from arthritis to cognitive diseases. We annually offer senior wellness plans because we believe a full workup is the best way to ensure your cat lives the longest, happiest and healthiest life they deserve.
Cats are masters of disguise and will hide their signs of illness or pain as long as they possibly can. Watch for subtle changes in behaviour (like being more or less social than normal), mobility (like not jumping quite so high, or taking the stairs a little slower), grooming habits, appetite & thirst (up or down), and litter-box use (or lack thereof).
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
If your cat is visibly losing weight, it is time for a check-up. Even a loss of a few ounces (which generally isn’t noticeable to the naked eye) can be significant in a cat – making it all the more important to have your senior cat weighed and examined at least once, but ideally twice per year. The earlier we catch diseases, the more successful we are at treating them.
How can I care for my senior cat?
The best thing you can do for your senior cat is have him/her examined 1-2 times a year, where you can discuss any changes before they become significant. At home, ensuring they are well groomed, providing soft bedding, lots of water and elevated food/water dishes can help keep them comfortable as well.
What are some common health issues?
We see arthritis, thyroid disease, kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, dental disease, high blood pressure, and cancer quite commonly in ageing cats.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
Changes in behaviour are often signals to underlying diseases. If any change is not temporary, please make an appointment to have your cat thoroughly examined.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
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 jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Briarwood Animal Hospital