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.
Cats like us suffer from health issues when they put on too much weight. They are at an elevated risk for heart disease, arthritis/joint pain, diabetes, etc. It is very important to help your cat maintain a healthy weight. We are more than happy to help you establish a plan to keep your kitty fit.
Your cat is likely to be overweight if you are unable to feel its ribs anymore or its belly does not tuck up. We provide body conditions score during every exam so that you are better able to manage your pet’s weight.
How can I help my cat lose weight?
Helping your cat to lose that unwanted extra weight can often be a difficult task. Maintaining a proper diet paired with regular exercise is the best way to help keep your feline friend in tip-top shape. We carry many weight management and weight loss diets in the clinic that may be able to assist your pet in losing weight. Our team is also able to help you by tailoring a weight loss plan for your pet. We can calculate the amount of kcal’s your cat should be eating in a day based on their weight and body measurements and develop realistic goals for weight loss progress.
Proper feline enrichment and exercise are also very important for weight loss. Encouraging your cat to play with things such as toys or a laser pointer is helpful. You can even get automated ones to leave on while you’re away. Cat trees and perches to allow for climbing and jumping are beneficial for keeping your cat healthy and in shape. If your cat is food motivated and not big on exercise, you may find that treat balls (they dispense kibble or treats as they are moved around) are an excellent way to get your pet moving. Something important to note here is that treats should never make up more than 10% of your pet’s diet. They should only be used as a special reward, especially if weight management is an issue.
Most cats have 18 toes; five toes on each of their front feet, and four on the back. My cat, Mandy Pawtinkin, is blessed with 22 toes. She has a congenital physical anomaly called polydactyly (Greek for ‘many digits’). It is a genetic mutation that causes cats to be born with more than the usual number of toes on one or more of its paws.
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 NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. Starting July 6, one person is allowed inside per appointment, as long as you have a mask.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Our doors are now unlocked and we are allowing 2 people at a time in the clinic for food sales and medication pick-up only (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".
We do ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the clinic and use the hand sanitizing station outside our doors. If you require a mask, please call the clinic for assistance prior to entering. Anyone who enters the clinic will be asked to sign in and provide their name and phone number for tracking purposes.
3. OPERATING HOURS
Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Sunday: Closed
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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital