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 easiest things you can do to keep your cat healthy is to feed them the right amount of food to prevent excessive weight gain. Obesity in cats is very common, especially in cats restricted to indoors. Unfortunately, it can be very serious as it may decrease their life expectancy. Obesity puts them at risk for diabetes, orthopedic pain (such as arthritis), heart and lung problems, an inability to properly groom themselves, and liver disease. Weight loss diets can be very effective in helping shed those extra pounds. However, restricting their calorie intake has to be done very carefully to avoid stress on internal organs, such as the liver.
Overweight cats carry extra fat in the belly, around their chest, and over their back. For a healthy cat, you should be able to feel your cat’s ribs without too much pressure, and you should notice a slight tuck in at their waist and their abdomen.
How can I help my cat lose weight?
Your vet should help you determine if and how much weight your cat should lose. We will also work together with you to determine why your cat is overweight. It may be as simple as taking away that free feeding bowl of food and changing to measured portions at meal times. In other circumstances, we may choose to start your cat on a prescription weight loss diet to help reduce the weight in a controlled and healthy manner.
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
We will provide a full assessment of your cat’s overall health. We will determine their body condition score and discern if there are any secondary health issues we should also address. If your cat is found to be overweight, we will develop an individualized weight loss plan that works for your cat.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, 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 us. 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 (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. 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: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic