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.

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Senior Cat Care

Senior cats can require increased attention including more frequent visits to the vet, possible changes in diet and in some cases alterations to their home environment. Cats are great at hiding symptoms and as they get older they are more prone to diseases we strongly recommend getting them examined on a regular basis to help catch these signs earlier rather than later making it difficult to treat.

What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How to spot signs of ageing?

Cats are great at hiding any clinical signs that something may be wrong with them. By having them examined regularly by our vets can help catch any early onset of ageing and disease process. Signs of ageing can be anything from an increased amount of time sleeping, increase or decrease of appetite, decreased mobility, vocalization, bad breath. Recognizing any of these signs early can help improve the quality of life for your senior pet.

My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?

Weight loss can be a sign of much different cause for concern. If you suspect your senior pet may be losing weight and they are not on a weight loss program, we recommend you contact the clinic and make an appointment with one of our veterinarians to assess what may be the cause.

How can I care for my senior cat?

We recommend that all senior cats be examined twice a year to help increase the chance of detecting any early onset of diseases. A lot can change in 6 months for your senior cat as they age a lot quicker than us. By having them examined on a regular basis our veterinarians can help develop a close relationship with your cat aging process and will make recommendations on how to keep your senior cat living a longer healthier life.

What are some common health issues?

Cats are prone to a handful of specific illnesses, all with distinctive symptoms. Knowing what ails them and why will help you determine the right treatment to get them healthy again. Preventing problems, from viruses to worms, will keep your cat from being sidelined by discomfort.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 613-394-4811. We will bring your pet into the clinic 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 only. 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 – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 at 613-394-4811 to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button.

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.

6. 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 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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital