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Lake Howell Animal Clinic

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856 Lake Howell Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 628-8000
Fax: (407) 628-8412

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:00am6:00pm
Tuesday7:00am6:00pm
Wednesday7:00am1:00pm
Thursday7:00am6:00pm
Friday7:00am6:00pm
Saturday8:00am1:00pm
SundayClosedClosed
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cat_elder_sleepingMany cat owners come to see me with concerns about changes in behavior and personality in their old cat. Unfortunately, changes and symptoms associated with brain aging and senile dementia can definitely affect cats. If you have a senior or geriatric cat, be aware of any of the followings signs:

  1. Disorientation: The cat has trouble finding the food bowls or the litter box and recognizing people and places. As a result, the cat may urinate/defecate outside the box or stop eating.

  2. Loud vocalization: Cat seems restless and lost and starts crying or howling, especially during the night.

  3. Reduced interaction with the environment: Cat stops greeting the owner, stops interacting with members of the family and other household pets, seems depressed. Cat seems irritable or “cranky.”

  4. Lack of grooming: cat stops grooming and cleaning his/herself

  5. Neurological signs: These will occur as senile dementia becomes more advanced. Weakness, abnormal walking/wobbly, loss of vision/hearing and decreased reflexes.

Obviously, these signs can also be associated with many other geriatric cat diseases. It is important to see your veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms. Remember that cats age faster than humans. Consequently, their brain will also age faster and signs of dementia can progress in a matter of weeks or months.

Unfortunately, I see how senile dementia degrades the human-animal bond and how cats get euthanized after suffering from this disease and receiving no care or relief of their symptoms. 

The best way to prevent the development and rapid progression of dementia starts at a younger age.  Keep up with visits to the veterinarian once or twice a year and inform your doctor even of small or subtle changes on your cat’s behavior. Feed your cat a high quality diet, provide ways to keep your cat active not just physically but also mentally and, if possible, give your cat vitamins and supplements, especially those high in antioxidants. 

Nydia Melissa Perez, DVM

Veterinary Services

Welcome to Lake Howell Animal Clinic

"Your pet’s health and well-being is our number one concern."

Your Dog, Cat, and Exotics Veterinarian in Maitland, FL
Call us at (407) 628-8000

Veterinary Services:
  • Medical Care

  • Dental Care

  • Orthopedics

  • Surgery

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Critical Care

  • Vaccinations

  • Boarding

  • Diet & Nutrition

  • Referrals

  • Education

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.

Testimonial

We like the knowledge of both Dr.Diaz and Dr.Perez so much- we moved from another clinic we had been with for ten years. I highly recommend them both.

- Robin L. / Maitland, FL

I can say with much certainty that not many will do what you (Dr.Diaz) did for me. Not many are out there who have so much benevolence in their heart to help out others, particularly in the medical profession. My heart is filled with thankfulness towards you. I would also like to thank your staff which is equally as loving and caring. They showed tremedous sensitivity towards me and dealt with me in kindness.

- Vijai T. / Maitland, FL

Dr Perez has been the vet for my 3 dogs for over 5 years and I can't say enough good things about her care and the well being she has for my pups. Nancy is also very knowledgeable and wonderful. She takes the time needed to answer all my questions and gives me the best course of action when they're ill.

- Janis L. / Orlando, FL

Office Hours

WE ARE CLOSED FROM 12:00PM - 1:30PM ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS. DROP OFF AND PICK UP FOR OUR BOARDING FACILITY NO LATER THAN 5:00PM ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS AND NO LATER THAN 12:00PM ON WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS.  
DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:00am6:00pm
Tuesday7:00am6:00pm
Wednesday7:00am1:00pm
Thursday7:00am6:00pm
Friday7:00am6:00pm
Saturday8:00am1:00pm
SundayClosedClosed

4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY HOURS

Lake Howell Animal Clinic will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4 and Thursday, July 5. We will open again on Friday, July 6 from 7am-6pm.

If you have an emergency with your pet, please contact the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Casselberry at 407-644-4449.

Contact

  • (407) 628-8000
  • 856 Lake Howell Road Maitland, FL 32751
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