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.
What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How do you spot signs of aging?
Many signs of aging occur gradually and are very subtle. Increases in urination and drinking, decreases in mobility, changes in litter box habits, and decreases in interaction with family members are some signs that should raise concerns and warrant a veterinary visit.
What are some tips on how to care for my senior cat?
Our veterinary team can help advise you on the best ways to maintain a good quality of life for your senior cat. Recommendations may include diet change, environmental modifications, supplements, or medications.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Aging cats face challenges such as arthritis, weight gain, muscle loss, behaviour changes, and reduction in kidney function. Chronic kidney disease is an extremely common ailment of senior cats. Early disease detection bloodwork and urinalysis help us to detect decreases in kidney function before your cat is showing any signs of illness. This allows us to intervene early with measures such as diet change to help slow the progression of kidney disease.
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. 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, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Barriefield Animal Hospital