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

As your cat ages, there may be some health concerns that arise. Senior pets can require specialized care to help them continue living a healthy life. We offer wellness bloodwork and urinalysis to help monitor your dog’s health as they age. It can help detect diseases early and extend the lifespan of our senior patients.

At what stage is a cat considered a senior? How to spot signs of aging?

Generally, cats are considered geriatric or senior at 7-10 years old. Signs of ageing can include decreased activity, stiffness and decreased mobility, and loss of muscle mass or weight loss.

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

If you think your senior cat is losing weight, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our veterinarians as there may be an underlying medical reason for the weight loss. However, as a preventative measure, you can switch your senior pet to a diet specially formulated for them. These senior diets often have more digestible protein sources to help maintain a healthy weight and muscle mass.

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

To help keep your senior pet as healthy as possible, we recommend physical examinations twice a year, along with wellness bloodwork to detect early signs of kidney or liver disease, among others. Senior cat food can help maintain a healthy lifestyle as well as supplements for joint care and mobility.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?

Some of the most common health issues seen in older cats include tumours or cancer, dental disease, and kidney disease.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Behavioural issues in cats like aggression or inappropriate elimination can be signs of pain or disease. If you have noticed a sudden change in your cat’s behaviour, a physical exam with one of our veterinarians may be needed.

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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 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 519.360.4508. 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 8:30 am - 5:30 pm & Saturday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Merritt Location Only) and Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Merritt Location Only). The Dresden location also remains open. Effective Wednesday, March 25, the Sydenham River location will be temporarily closed until further notice. Merritt and Dresden remain open for your pet care, food, and medication pick up needs.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 still accepting cash as payment. However, credit cards and debit card payments are preferred if possible.

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 D.M.S Group Veterinary Team