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SENIOR CATS AND THE VET

If your senior cat is getting biannual veterinary exams, you need not be alarmed at small changes in his behavior or expressions of minor discomfort. But one or more of the following symptoms could be caused by a range of minor or major illnesses. In these cases, it’s not your job to diagnose the disorder. Observe your cat and report his symptoms to your veterinarian as soon as possible. If he’s struggling to breathe or loses consciousness, take him to your veterinarian immediately.

YOUR SENIOR CAT NEEDS TO SEE A VET WHEN HE . . .

· Drinks water or urinates more often than usual

· Loses weight

· Is unusually hungry

· Vomits repeatedly

· Has diarrhea lasting for more than 3 days

· Finds it difficult to pass stool or urine

· Forgets his litter box habits

· Exhibits lameness for more than five days or in more than one leg

· Has trouble seeing

· Develops open sores on the skin that persist for more than one week

· Develops a foul mouth odor or drools excessively

· Appears to gain weight only in his abdomen

· Spends more time than usual sleeping or gazing into space

· Loses hair or scratches, especially if only in specific areas

· Is unable to eat dry food

· Collapses suddenly or has a bout of weakness

· Has a seizure (convulsion)

· Coughs or gags often

· Has bleeding from the mouth, nose or rectum

· Has a significant decrease in appetite or doesn’t eat for more than 2 days

Dear Valued Clients

During these challenging times, there have been some unforeseen changes at The Big Easy Animal Hospital. I cannot express enough my sincere apology for any inconvenience you have experienced at The Big Easy during these times. As we strive to make the practice safe to protect everyone including you, your family, and our Big Easy team and their families, I’ve decided to make certain changes while we are under this pandemic. These changes will be temporary.

 

Monday through Friday:

Walk Ins start at 10:00am, check-in starts at 9:00am.There are a limited amount of patients we can accept. Our receptionists will be happy to assist you with options to help guide you and your pet(s).)

 

Starting Saturday, August 1st

Saturdays will be TECHNICIAN APPOINTMENTS only. These will include boosters, bloodwork, nail trims, certain diagnostics, etc. There will not be a veterinarian on site. While I understand these changes can be inconvenient, I have listed local veterinary clinics that we have contacted and are open to see walk-ins throughout the week and Saturdays as well. For life threatening emergencies that occur outside business hours, please contact the following 24-hour animal hospitals below.

Please, be safe and healthy.

Thank you all for your understanding. -Aileen Ruiz, DVM

 

24 Hour Emergency Care:

 

Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center

807 Camp Horne Road
Pittsburgh, PA
(412)366-3400

 

AVETS

4224 Northern Pike
Monroeville, PA
(412)373-4200


VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital

3610 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA
(412)885-2500


Veterinarians Accepting Walk in Care:

Penn Animal Hospital

2205 Penn Avenue
(412)471-9855
WALK—IN’S—MONDAY THRU FRIDAY from 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM


North Boros Veterinary Hospital

2255 Babcock Blvd
(412)821-5600
WALK-IN’S—MONDAY THRU FRIDAY from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

 

 

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