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

Due to improved healthcare and preventive medicine programs, cats today are living longer, healthier lives. Many of them living well into their late teens or early twenties. It is important to note that older cats are more susceptible to many different diseases and conditions than younger cats are. Changes caused by these diseases can be very subtle. Regular veterinary care will help identify these changes as soon as possible so that your cat can continue to thrive as a senior.

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

There are three stages of life for an older cat. A cat between the ages of 7 and 10 is considered mature. Most changes will be quite subtle at this time. Cats between the ages of 11 and 14 are classified as seniors. Finally, once your cat has reached its 15th birthday, they are considered geriatric. Identifying the signs of ageing can be difficult. A complete physical exam twice a year, along with senior wellness profiles (blood, urine, x-ray, etc.) testing can help detect disease in its infancy and provide a means of early intervention. This can potentially add years of good health and happiness to your senior’s life!

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

Weight loss in a senior cat can be an indication of health problems. If you have any questions or concerns about the health and well-being of your senior cat, please give us a call to set up an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?

Regular visits with your vet are the cornerstone to caring for your senior kitty. Annual exams allow us to pick up on health changes and make adjustments to how to better care for your cat. The information gathered during these visits will be beneficial in determining your cat’s needs, including diet, parasite control, oral health care, environmental enrichment and much more.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?

As pets age, their organ function changes. Illness can strike any of the major body systems, including the gastrointestinal tract, the urogenital tract and the cardiovascular system. Other common concerns for ageing cats include changes in vision, hearing, cognitive functioning, skin and coat health, oral health, endocrine function and various forms of cancer.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Senior and geriatric cats that have behavioural changes should always be evaluated for an underlying medical problem. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your cat’s behaviour, please give us a call to set up an appointment with one of our veterinarians.


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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 reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. 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 and equine, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED

4. 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.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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 Avon Animal Hospital