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.
One of the leading diseases in cats today is obesity. Cats are becoming more sedentary and foods have higher caloric content and carbohydrates. Overweight and obese cats are placed into a much higher risk category for diabetes, kidney disease, pancreatic disease, arthritis, and many other health conditions that could harm their long-term health.
Checking to see if your cat is overweight is a simple process: Feel over your cats last 3-5 ribs. Can you feel them? Normal body condition cats should have a tapered waist, palpable ribs (like the bones in the back of your hand), and no large hanging gut. We provide professional body condition assessment and measurement appointments so we can help train you on how to monitor your cat’s weight. Give us a call; we would love to help!
How can my cat lose weight? What are some weight loss tips?
Cats lose weight (as long as they do not have an underlying health condition that makes it difficult to lose weight) the same way all mammals lose weight: Monitoring the calories they eat in a day and increasing exercise to burn extra calories (fat deposits) they are carrying.
Tips for weight loss: a) Increase your cat’s exercise with toys and play time every day. b) Play games with their meals – throw the kibble for them to chase after and eat, put food in a container that they have to work to remove, use treat balls. c) Portion out your cat’s food based on calories. This is very important as all cat foods have very different amounts of calories and nutrients.
What is offered in nutritional consultation sessions?
In our nutritional consultation, we offer a full health exam with your veterinarian, initial measurements, diet evaluation and discussion, and then create a diet plan tailored your individual cat’s needs.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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
We are allowing 1 client per pet into the hospital (up to a maximum of 3 clients in our hospital at one time). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own. While in the exam room please minimize contact and be mindful of physical distancing in the confined space.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (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".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Friday: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!