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 cats age, certain disease processes are more likely to occur, such as kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, overweight, mobility loss, and dental disease. Many of these diseases can be treated or their progression slowed down with early detection. Annual wellness exams and nutrition play a big part in maintaining a healthy cat.

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

If your cat is showing the symptoms such as slowing down, losing weight, changes in appetite and or vomiting are all observations to be brought to your veterinarian’s attention at a geriatric wellness exam. Drinking more water, urinating more are all geriatric issues that also indicate a veterinarian exam should be scheduled.

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

The underlying cause of weight loss can be complicated. A visit to the veterinarian will provide body condition scores, physical exam, bloodwork, and fecal exams to provide the answers to this concerning condition.

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

Your veterinarian can help recommend a specific care plan that can include diet, medication, and supplements all designed for the senior cat.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?

Kidney, thyroid, heart, pancreatic, mobility, dental disease and weight issues can all be experienced by senior cats.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

There are many reason cats can have behavioural issues. Household and environmental changes or underlying medical issues. A visit and consultation with your veterinarian which may include bloodwork is a good place to start dealing with behavioural issues.

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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 Monday, March 30, 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 250-743-3223. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations as long as we have the staff available to maintain the standard practice protocols. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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 Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital