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.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?
Cats become senior when they have lived 80% of their expected life. As cats age, they slow down sometimes due to arthritic soreness, organ disease and loss of muscles. Some cats will go from having many places to nap, to just one or two, as it becomes hard to move from place to place. Some cats eat less and some cats eat more. Increased drinking can also be a sign of ageing. Weight loss can also happen to older cats.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
If your senior cat is losing weight, it is important for you to bring them to their veterinarian for an examination and blood work. Losing weight can be an indicator of a number of different health conditions in a senior cat.
How can I care for my senior cat?
Your senior cat should be examined at least once a year by a veterinarian and have blood profile completed twice yearly.
What are some common health issues?
Some of the common health issues in senior cats are diabetes, kidney disease and hyperthyroidism.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
Senior cats can have behavioural issues for many different reasons. If they are sick or sore, they may present as having behavioural issues. There is also a chance of them developing cognitive dysfunction.
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 905-857-5057. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 for the online store, visit our website.
4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Instead, we are taking payments over the phone.
5. 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 North Hill Animal Hospital