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Managing a Reactive Cat

When I hear clients speak of some of the reasons why they resist yearly feline veterinary check-ups, I can relate – the photo above is of my third cat and Roh us by far the most challenging.

Roh is an early mature short-haired cat. He’s a feisty ginger tabby with a small amount of white. Stocky, with a confident strut about him.

I scooped him up quickly from a shelter (He hadn’t been at the shelter long and was told his family was moving). This boys attitude is, “I do what I want.” Most cats are this way, but Roh is the pure definition.

With consistency and positive reinforcement (also high-value treats), we have come to an understanding. I am head feline. I also supply the food so I must be the top cat, right? He, unfortunately, is very reactive of things he is unfamiliar with. It especially holds true at the vet clinic. He does not flee; he fights. With several uneasy vet visits, I decided house calls were best for him (and myself).

I am thankful he is food motivated. He even likes red peppers. Bribery at its finest? I have recently moved from a house to an apartment, and I must say I’m proud of the “Jerk Ginger” (nicknamed out of love). He was the last thing to move, so the apartment was set up prior to his arrival. This helped immensely. Feliway also played a role.

I let him check out EVERYTHING at his own pace, which I feel is very important since most cats are generally inquisitive. Once he gets his information, he does better with acceptance. Challenging yes, but dearly loved.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 902.434.0700.

Written by: Amanda, VA

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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 policies were updated Monday, June 1, 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 902.434.0700. We will confirm your information and a receptionist will come out to bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. If you have an iPhone, we have set up our clinic iPad for you to FaceTime with the vet during the exam or we have the capability of doing Skype for video-calling during the exam as well. If you do not have either of these as options, once the examination is finished, the veterinarian will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone while you remain outside. A staff member will then return to your vehicle with your pet and bring any items to go home with you. 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. We will either ring you through at your vehicle with our portable debit/credit machine or we accept credit card payments over the phone. We are not taking cash at this time.

2. We are still OPEN but are working with limited staff and trying to limit human exposure, including staff-to-staff, as much as possible with deep disinfecting occurring after we close for the day.
Monday, Thursday: 7:15 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:15 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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 or via our portable debit/credit machine at your vehicle. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home or order and pay via the website and pick up at the clinic. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

5. 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 Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital