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.
Obesity is something that we commonly see in cats. Overweight cats can be more prone to medical issues such as diabetes mellitus. It can also cause discomfort on their joints if they are older and have arthritis. Obesity can make cats more prone to fatty liver disease. It could also worsen the clinical signs of cats that have asthma and make them more challenging to treat.
You can tell if a cat is overweight by looking at them from above. You should be able to see a ‘waist’ between their hips and rib cage. Another way to tell is by feeling their side. You should be able to easily feel their ribs under a thin tissue layer.
How can I help my cat lose weight?
There are many ways to help your cat lose weight such as diet and portion control. Another way to help cats lose weight is by exercise. Try playing with a laser to get them running or get cat wands to get them jumping. Alternatively, you can try puzzle feeders. They help cats use their natural hunting instincts, and it helps to avoid gorge on their food.
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
During a nutritional consultation, the cat is put on a scale so we can see what their current weight is. We then discuss the ideal weight or goal weight and how we can get there. We will also discuss diet options that are best suited for them. We will help work out their feeding amounts, and how many calories that they can intake in a day.
After the consultation, we recommend bringing them back in a couple of weeks for a reweigh to make sure that we are heading in the right direction! Weight loss in cats takes time, but it’s well worth it for your feline friend’s overall health and longevity.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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 SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then 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 - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!