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

At Centretown Veterinary Hospital we celebrate our seniors! Ageing is a natural process and one that can be approached with grace. We encourage pets and their parents to monitoring their health more closely. Together, we can take preventative steps to provide the extra support for our seniors.

What are the stages of a senior cat’s life?

As a general guideline, there are three senior stages: Mature from 7-10 years of age (approx. mid 40’s, mid 50’s human years), Senior – 11-14 years (approx. 70 years of age) and Geriatric – older than 15.

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


As cats age more rapidly than humans, they can develop illnesses and conditions more rapidly as well. It is very important that your senior cat has a physical exam with your veterinarian at least once a year, in order to detect changes as early as possible.

What are some common health issues experienced by senior cats?


Older cats experience similar age-related conditions as people. Common health issues experienced by senior cats include arthritis, diabetes, obesity, kidney and heart problems, high blood pressure, thyroid disease and cancer.

Why is my senior cat having behavioural issues?


Senior cats can start to behave differently for many reasons. A decrease in vision, hearing, and cognition may cause your cat to act differently. Arthritis or other painful conditions can limit activity or change eating and elimination habits. Please inform your veterinarian of any changes you observe.

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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 Thursday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed reception” policy to protect our clients and staff. Once you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-567-0500.

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 Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. We will be closed on Saturday for now.

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 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.

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 dedicated team at Centretown Veterinary Hospital