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.

Senior Cat Care

As our furry feline family members get older, bringing them in for regular checkups becomes that much more critical. Cats are masters at hiding pain, illnesses, and when they are just not feeling right. We recommend bringing your cat in at least every 12 months for a checkup.

What are the stages of a senior cat’s life? How can I spot signs of aging?

The signs of aging are gradual and can be very subtle. If you notice any changes in their behaviour (ie. hiding or socializing more than usual), an increase/decrease in their eating and drinking habits, or avoidance of the litter box, we recommend having them examined by one of our veterinarians.

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

Cats are fantastic at hiding when they are sick or in any kind of pain. Losing weight can be a sign/symptom of an illness or disease. If you notice that your cat is losing weight, we recommend bringing them in for an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

What are some tips for taking care of my senior cat?

We recommend bringing them in at least every 12 months to have them examined. This way we can monitor any changes to their health. We also recommend doing routine blood work to ensure that all of their internal organs and their red/white blood cells are functioning well.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?

As your furry feline friend gets older, they may be more prone to a handful of health issues. Arthritis, muscle loss, behavioural changes, dental disease, and cancer are just a few to name. The most common disease is kidney disease. Early detection can be key in treating this disease, which is why we recommend yearly blood work. Early detection can allow us to intervene early with measures such as diet change to help slow the progression of the disease.

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 Monday, March 23, 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 613.443.5459. 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.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten 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 - 4:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.

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

6. 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.

7. 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 Embrun Veterinary Hospital