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Senior Cat Care

As your cat ages, they have different needs and you may notice behaviour changes or mobility problems. Our veterinarians are here to help your cat age gracefully. If you have concerns or questions about your senior cat contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital to make an appointment with one of our veterinarians. Remember cats age 7 years per 1 human year which can result in a lot of medical changes in a short period of time.

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

Your cat is considered a senior when they are over the age of 7 years. Signs of ageing can include simple things like not wanting to jump up on your bed, having trouble with stairs, urinating outside of their litter box, and limping caused by arthritis. Quite often cats are in pain and will not show any signs until it has progressed. Signs of ageing can range from cat to cat. Wellness exams performed by one of our veterinarians are key to finding changes in your senior cat. Contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital today to make an appointment for your senior cat.

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

Senior cats can lose weight due to age, loss of muscle mass, or an illness. When your cat has a yearly wellness exam your veterinarian will assess your cat’s weight and Body Condition Score (BCS). A BCS is a scale to determine your cat’s ideal weight and is measured from 1-9. As your cat ages, their nutritional needs change. A senior diet is recommended to give your cat the nutrition they require. Contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital to learn more about weight loss in your senior cat.

How can I care for my senior cat?

Yearly wellness exams for your senior cat are extremely important and key to detecting and managing problems. Our veterinarians will examine your cat from nose to tail and will recommend senior blood work to check organ functions, electrolytes, white blood cells, red blood cells, and thyroid levels. This provides a lot of valuable information for our veterinarians and can help detect diseases in the early stages. Regular exercise combined with a joint supplement is always a good idea for your senior cat and proper nutrition is also vital for ageing cats. Senior diets are formulated to help keep muscles strong, support organ function, and have appropriate levels of omega 3’s & 6’s to keep your cat’s skin and joints in top shape. If you have questions about caring for your senior cat please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

What are some common health issues?

As your cat ages, some common health issues you may notice are arthritis, a decrease in vision and hearing and litter box troubles. There are multiple diseases that often show subtle signs in the early stages, for example, diabetes, kidney disease, and thyroid problems. If you have any questions regarding your senior cat, please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital. We take pride in helping your senior cat age gracefully.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Senior cats can have behaviour changes because they may not be able to see or hear very clearly. Your senior cat may be stiff and sore and get agitated or aggressive just because they aren’t feeling well. If you have noticed behaviour changes in your senior cat contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital.

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Updated October 20, 2020

Dear Clients,

With the cold weather approaching, effective Monday, October 26th, we will be adjusting our policies to better serve you.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To book an appointment, please call 403-342-6040 or email info@lomsnesvet.ca. Due to higher than normal call volume, we may be busy with other clients and patients. Please leave us a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we do our best to accommodate everyone's needs.

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

3. PAYMENT METHODS

Credit/Debit cards are the preferred payment method.

4. CHANGES TO CURBSIDE PICKUP

With the cold weather approaching we will be changing our curbside pickup protocol:

  1. For the purchase of food, treats and/or medications please call at least an hour ahead of time, and your order will be prepared. Prepaying over the phone is recommended.
  2. Our main door will be open for purchase/pickup of food, treats and medications only.
  3. You will be required to wear a mask and use our hand sanitizer in the clinic.
  4. If you have not already prepaid, you will pay for your order at the reception desk. Please maintain social distancing while in the clinic and do not wander throughout the clinic.
  5. Your order will be ready on a table with your name on it. Once you have paid for your order at the reception desk, you can pick it up from the table on your way out.

*Please note, only one person per family is allowed in the building to pick up items. To maintain appropriate distance, a maximum of 2 clients will be allowed in the building at a time to purchase items.

5. CHANGES TO OUR SATURDAY POLICY

We understand how important Saturday hospital hours are for our clients. Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital appreciates the dedication of our clients during this difficult time and we will continue to be open and available on Saturdays. However, due to the limited staff and the extra time required for proper sanitization between patients, we are not allowing clients to be present with their pet for the examination. This will allow us to continue to provide the high standard of care to our patients. Thank you for understanding.

6. ONLINE ORDERING 

Online shopping is available for your pet from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Your order will be delivered directly to your home! Visit our website and click on "Online Store" to register. It’s that easy!

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. OPERATION HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members!

Your dedicated team at Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital