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Overweight Cat Help

While there is no reason to be concerned with how your pet will look in a bikini, you do need to be aware that obesity in pets can lead to many diseases such as joint/mobility issues, heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. Unfortunately, the obesity epidemic is not restricted solely to humans. Our furry friends are suffering at alarming rates, with most statistics now showing more than 50% of pets as overweight, and on the whole, obese pets live shorter lives. The good news is obesity is 100% preventable in many cases! Assessing body condition and making appropriate diet and exercise recommendations are part of your pet’s annual physical exam and can also be done at any time by booking a nutritional consult with one of our registered veterinary technicians. We know you want to have your pet with you, happy and healthy, for as long as you can. Give us a call anytime to discuss your pets’ dietary needs.

Is my cat fat?

Many clients do not realize that their cat is overweight, in fact over 45% of pet owners with cats diagnosed as overweight by their veterinarian identified their cat as an ideal weight! To help determine where your cat falls on the body condition scale consider some factors through visualization and touch, palpating areas of your cat’s torso, tail base, and abdomen to feel for fat pads, and how easily we can feel their ribs, and spine. Specific measurements can be taken to help determine if he is “just big-boned” or if weight is a genuine concern.

How can my cat lose weight?

We have many palatable, vet recommended diets that can help your cat lose weight. Contact the clinic to discuss these diets, and ways to get your feline companion exercising.

What is offered in nutritional consultation?

We offer nutritional consults with our registered veterinary technicians who are trained to assess the body condition score for your cat. Our technicians will also help you determine if your cat’s current diet and a routine are appropriate to maintain a healthy weight. Call us today to book your nutritional consult!

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. Masks are mandatory for everyone coming inside our hospital. Maximum of 2 clients allowed into our exams rooms per appointment (there's not much room in there!)

Please note that it will take at least 24 hours for all prescription and food items to be ready for pick up (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".

Unfortunately, our bathroom is still closed to the public as it is in our radiology room.

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.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

We are committed to providing a safe and respectful workplace. Abusive conduct or communications will not be tolerated and may result in denial of services.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Harbour Cities Veterinary Hospital