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.
Obesity in cats is a rising concern. Along with dental disease, it is the most common issue facing pets today. Recent statistics indicate that over 57% of our feline population is categorized as obese. Like dental disease, obesity in cats is largely preventable. Keeping our cats in good body condition contributes to a greater quality and quantity of life.
Veterinarians and members of the health care team rely largely on the body condition scoring (BSC) to determine if a cat is above, below or right on target in regards to their weight. The BCS system uses a scale of 1-9 with a score of 5 being ideal. This method of scoring looks at the distribution of weight along with actual weight. It is also used to help the vet determine if your cat needs adjustments to their food intake or exercise regime. We are happy to provide your cat with a weight assessment and weight loss plan. Give us a call!
How can I help my cat lose weight?
Cats can be trickier than dogs to take the weight off. Gradual weight loss is paramount to achieving success. In consultation with your veterinarian, a member of our health care team will assess your cat’s body condition and determine the best combination of diet and exercise. Yes, you can get your cat to exercise and help them get ready for bikini season! Call us today to book your cat’s nutritional consultation.
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
A nutritional consultation has three components:
1. We gather information regarding your cat’s current diet/feeding patterns, lifestyle and activity level.
2. We perform a physical assessment and record their weight and body condition score.
3. Upon review, we develop a weight loss plan that involves determining the type, amount, frequency and feeding method of cat food. The plan also incorporates an exercise schedule as well as follow up weight checks at the hospital to track progress. We make adjustments as and when needed.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets and equine, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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.
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.
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.