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.
At 10 to 12 years your kitty may be slowing down some, not as able to jump and not as playful. You may notice changes in hearing or vision. At 13 to 15, your kitty may prefer to spend more time alone and sleeps a good portion of the day. She hates change more and you may notice signs of dementia. At 16 plus, your kitty is about the equivalent of an 80-year-old human! She probably sleeps a fair amount and may need more help grooming. As your cat ages, your vet may want to see her twice yearly for a check-up and may want to run more frequent bloodwork checking for kidney, liver, thyroid disease, diabetes, and dental problems.
A thorough exam and bloodwork to rule out any medical issues is a good place to start. Your vet can then advise you on an appropriate food plan to help your kitty maintain her weight.
How can I care for my senior cat?
Make sure to rule out treatable medical conditions by having your vet evaluate her thoroughly. You may find that you need to adjust your living conditions to accommodate arthritic joints- pet steps or footstools and bigger lower litter boxes are helpful. Make sure she is on the appropriate diet that she will also eat willingly.
What are some common health issues?
Diabetes, kidney disease, and hyperthyroidism are very common. Other issues can be arthritis, cognitive dysfunction, sight and hearing loss.
Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?
Some senior cats may have dementia. This can be expressed as disorientation, confusion, restlessness, increased vocalization. Irritability decreased grooming and forgetting previously learned behaviour is possible.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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 us. 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday to Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday & 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 Eastern Shore Veterinary Hospital