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.
As cats age, most of them will develop disorders and age-related conditions. Senior cat foods can help manage or delay the onset of many of these issues. Below we look at a few of these issues and how feeding a senior formula will help your cat through their senior years.
Issue: Age-related muscle loss
How a senior diet will help: Senior diets contain adequate high-quality protein that is highly digestible to help maintain lean muscle mass. Many will also include increased leucine which is an amino acid necessary for muscle building.
Issue: Digestion issues and poor appetite
How a senior diet will help: Senior diets contain a mixture of fibres to increase the quality of bowel movements while decreasing the amount. Many include prebiotics to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria over harmful types of bacteria in the digestive tract. Most senior diets are made in different shapes and have enticing flavours and smells to increase interest.
Issue: Decreased cognitive function (brain health)
How a senior diet will help: Some senior diets are supplemented with amino acids, L-tryptophan and phospholipids to help improve brain function and increase serotonin levels.
Issue: Joint pain/arthritis
How a senior diet will help: Omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine and chondroitin are added in higher amounts than adult diets to help decrease inflammation and reduce the destruction of cartilage in the joints. Some diets also include green-lipped mussel and other nutrients that have also been shown to help with arthritis.
Owners often tell us their cat is ‘like a young cat again’ after starting a senior diet due to the changes in behaviour and increased energy they have. At Cumberland Veterinary Clinic, October and November are Senior Focus months. We are promoting senior wellness and have related promotions until the end of November.
Contact us for a diet recommendation for your pet or with any questions you may have. You can visit us at the clinic or call (306) 373-3500.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Cumberland Veterinary Clinic