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.
Feline obesity generally occurs when the body weight is >20% above their normal ideal body weight. This means that a 12 lbs. cat that should ideally be 10 lbs. is considered to be obese.
How can my cat lose weight?
There are many different options for weight loss in cats. The first thing that can be done is look at the lifestyle your cat lives and the calories they intake. Do they consume their food twice daily and seem to be content to sleep most of the day? The reason I ask is that is not actually a natural cat behaviour. Cats in the wild have to seek and consume multiple small meals throughout the day. Based on this, we have seen results with doing multiple small feedings for cats and placing them in different places so they are “hunting” their food. You will want to change their food to an actual calorie reducing diet. If you were to just reduce the amount of their normal diet you can off-set the nutrition value of their diet, therefore, reducing the vitamins and minerals consumed as well.
What is offered in nutritional consultation?
During a nutritional consult the staff will measure your pet’s body condition score to determine if your cat is ideal overweight or underweight. We will then discuss with you the diet you are currently feeding and determine if another food would be beneficial. During the consult, we will address if a diet is needed to assist other concerns such as dental disease. If there is a past history of any organ damage or arthritic changes. We may also address diet changes just based on your pet’s current life stage.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 519-759-3031. 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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Sunday: Closed.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 Park Road Veterinary Clinic