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.
At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we know the importance of properly catering to your senior cat. As cats age their behaviour alters, their nutritional needs become different and they experience various physiological changes. It is important for owners to account for these differences in life stages, so your cat can age healthily and comfortably. We recommend senior health exams every 6 months to ensure your senior cat isn’t developing any major health complications and is maintaining a good bill of health.
As cats age, many exhibit changes in their behaviour, indicating they may be in their senior years. Socially, many older cats become less active and interactive, commonly spending more time sleeping and hiding. Jumping less frequently and failure to self-groom can indicate your cat may have arthritis developing in the later stages of their life.
My senior cat is losing weight, what can I do?
At the Airdrie Animal Health Centre, we record your cat’s weight with every visit to monitor the change in weight over time. Weight loss in felines is not common in healthy cats and can be a serious concern when it occurs. Losing weight could be an early indicator of a severe health complication such as kidney disease. A cat who is shedding weight should be seen by your veterinarian to ensure they are in good health.
What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?
Like many humans, cats are more predisposed to and often experience a higher occurrence of health complications as they age. Arthritis, kidney disease, thyroid disease and gastrointestinal disease are more commonly presented in later life stages. Having a senior health exam every 6 months can help ensure our veterinarians can identify any diseases in their earlier stages of development and properly manage them.
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.
1. We are currently operating a "closed door" policy to protect our clients and staff. This means that clients will not be allowed to enter the building. When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 403-948-2733. Our staff will come to you to collect your animal for their appointment. If you do not have a phone, or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.
2. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm and Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
3. At this time, appointments will only be booked when medically necessary. Any non-urgent appointment requests will be temporarily postponed. If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, please proceed directly to McKnight 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital at 5010 – 4th Street NE, Calgary, AB and call 403-457-0911 to alert them of your arrival.
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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, credit cards are the preferred payment method. Debit cannot be accepted over the phone, but is available at time of pick up if ABSOLUTELY necessary. We will not be able to accept cash.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Airdrie Animal Health Centre