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.
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.
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 Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.422.8595. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.
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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
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.
- Your dedicated team at Halifax Veterinary Hospital