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Overweight Cat Help

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.

How do I know if my cat is overweight?


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.

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Last updated: December 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

As Ontario continues its reopening, we are excited to see our community get closer to a sense of normalcy. We applaud the significant effort and sacrifices you and your family have made to help us get this far.

WE ARE HAPPY TO BE NOW SEEING ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AND UNDER A CLOSED WAITING ROOM CURBSIDE SERVICE MODEL.

At Manitou Animal Hospital our primary goal is to care for your beloved pets. By extension, this means keeping you as a pet parent healthy as well. Many of you have already recently visited the hospital and have personally experienced the additional safety procedures we have put in place to ensure the well-being of you and your pets using our “closed waiting room” policy.

Our "closed waiting room" policy:

  1. When you arrive in the parking lot, 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.
  2. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination.
    We ask that you remain in the parking lot and keep your phone turned on.
  3. The Veterinarian will call you once the physical exam is complete to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
  4. We encourage credit card over the phone as the preferred payment method. We can also accept e-transfer.
  5. A staff member will bring your pet and any medications back outside to you.

During the coming months and as long as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community we at Manitou will continue to offer our services using these enhanced safety procedures, including the curbside and closed waiting room service model. For the health and safety of everyone, we will not be able to have you accompany your pet(s) into the clinic for procedures at this time. We unfortunately would just not be able to meet proper physical distancing requirements and ensure your safety and our team's.

We typically have a significant number of clients [100+] visit our clinic daily whether it be for medication, food or for a visit with the veterinarian or vet technician. Space in the front room and the exam rooms is very small, a well documented factor for increased risk of COVID transmission. If everyone were to come inside our clinic, even with masks on, it would significantly increase the risk of COVID exposure to each client entering the clinic as well as our staff. We are simply not willing to risk the health of you, your family and our staff. We know that with continued effort we will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your patience and help in working with us during these challenging times.

Until then, we promise to give each and every one of your pets the very best care and a ton of hugs and kisses when they are in for a visit. We always treat them as if they were one of our own and look forward to seeing them!

Sincerely,

Your dedicated care team at Manitou Animal Hospital


OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
Sunday: CLOSED