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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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, heartworm testing, 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 519-759-3031. 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: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 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 Park Road Veterinary Clinic