Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Senior Cat Care

How to spot signs of ageing?

Cats love to hide vulnerability, this means that they like to pretend everything is fine. Some key things to watch for include changes in behaviour (e.g. more cuddly when typically has been a “loner” or vice versa). Changes in appetite (either up or down), avoiding outside of the litter box, changes in thirst and changes in mobility. Mobility changes are often defined by a decrease in jumping up onto furniture, obvious limping is rare to see.

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

It can be a sign of serious illness, so the first thing you should do is to have them assessed by a veterinarian. Many of the diseases which we find, can be corrected or progression slowed down significantly with early intervention.

What are some common health issues affecting senior cats?

Overactive thyroid, kidney failure, inflammatory bowel, arthritis, dental disease and cancer, are all relatively common problems in ageing cats.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?

Altered behaviour can be an early warning sign for changes in overall health. If it is not just a temporary issue, then please make an appointment to have your cat checked over by a veterinarian.

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What lies beneath... the Benefits of Dental Radiographs

There are many signs of dental disease such as tartar, gingivitis, bleeding, not eating. Sometimes your veterinarian can see a tooth that’s loose or that the enamel is damaged. The tricky part is that teeth are like little icebergs and much of the tooth is below the gum line.

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

6. GROOMING SERVICES

If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.

7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE

As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at countrytails@clappisonvet.com

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

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital