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.
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.
Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually.
A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease. It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital