We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
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 changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 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 250.715.5143. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
4. 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. 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.
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 Prevost Veterinary Clinic