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.
Overweight and obese cats are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, joint pain, muscle loss, behavioural problems, inappropriate elimination, urinary crystals and UTIs. Often these cats are at least mildly depressed, they tend to have poorer haircoats due to limited grooming abilities.
Lightly run your hands over your cat’s back: If you can feel her ribs and spine under a thin layer of skin and fat (if it feels like she is wearing a t-shirt), she is likely not carrying a lot of extra weight. If you have to dig or push to feel spine/ribs (if it feels like she is wearing a sweater), she is at least overweight. To determine how obese your cat is, we would take body measurements and weight in the clinic.
How can I help my cat to lose weight?
Ensure she is not overfed – this is the #1 cause of weight gain. Adjusting what, how much, and how often you feed makes a huge difference in weight management. Exercise and environmental enrichment tend to be vastly undervalued in cats. Ask us for tips to keep your feline moving!
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
We weigh and can take body measurements to determine an ideal weight for your cat. We assess the current diet and discuss the proper amount to be fed. Discuss alternative diets and tips for weight loss, including how the cat is fed, e.g. instead of putting food in the bowl, try a toy of some sort.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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. We are asking that all food and medications are pre-paid at the time of ordering it. If your food is not prepaid, we unfortunately cannot hold it for you for longer than 1 day at this time. If you are paying Debit, we will be allowing one client at a time to enter the clinic to pay. We have stopped taking cash payments for the time being.
Our online store is available to have your order delivered directly to your home. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. 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.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Manitou Animal Hospital Team