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.

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Overweight Cat Help

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.

How do I know if my cat is overweight?


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.

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Last updated: July 23, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.

Beginning July 2, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm*
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.


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!

- Your dedicated team at Avon Animal Hospital