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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 905-664-4888. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital