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.

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7 Tips to Love Your Cat the Healthy Way

We can express our love for our four legged babies in many ways, but the trend among us pet owners seem to be with food and treats. The more snacks we give, the happier we feel they are. Unfortunately this act of love may not be the healthiest or safest thing for our pets!

Keeping our cats (and dogs) healthy and in good shape is key; the best way of showing our love is to make sure our furry friends live long healthy lives.

Here are 7 tips for weight loss and keeping your cat in great health:

  1. Visit your Veterinarian for a thorough physical exam annually to eliminate any underlying medical condition causing weight issues.
  2. Provide a well-balanced diet for weight loss and/or maintenance for the appropriate life stage and/or condition of your kitty. Talk to your veterinarian about suitable diets for your kitty.
  • Limit treats for your furry friend
  • Feed only the recommended amount
  1. Meal feed two to four small meals per day to control the amount fed to each cat, and make sure someone is not doing “clean up” of any leftover kibble!
  2. Encourage additional exercise to your cat’s daily routine. Enrich your cats’ environment!
  • New and/or interactive toys
  • Laser pointers
  • Agility/Activity training for food
  • Use mealtime for exercise
    • Hide kibbles around the house (hide and snack)
    • Throw each kibble (cardio with snacks)
    • Feeding toys/puzzle balls to slow eating and provide exercise at the same time
  1. Reweigh the cat every three to four weeks to assess progress, and body condition score as well:
  • Keep track of weight loss/gain
  • Monitor muscle gain, as this can cause an increase in overall weight even if fat is being lost
  1. Reconsider your cats’ daily amount fed if weight gain or muscle mass loss is noted.
  2. Once the cat is at an ideal weight, adjust the total amount fed so that the cats’ body weight remains stable (maintenance amount for your kitty)
  3. BONUS! Slow and steady is best. Slow weight loss is healthier for cats.

Perfect Example:  

Douglas is a domestic long hair orange boy, about five years old. He started his weight loss program weighing in at 30 lbs. After a year and a half of strict diet, daily exercise and a few bumps along the way, Douglas now weighs in at 19lbs and counting down. Keep up the good work Doug!

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Written by: Moncton Animal Clinic 

 

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Things You Should Know About COVID-19 and Pets

An outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in humans has drawn attention to the possibility of companion animal involvement. Here’s what you need to know:

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Tuesday, March 24, 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 506.857.4271. 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, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 - 5:00 pm.

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. We are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. 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.

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.

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital