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.

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Making Your Cat’s Trip to the Vet Stress-Free

The many misconceptions about cats can hinder our ability to provide the best possible healthcare. The very qualities we admire about our feline family members, their independence and self-sufficiency, are often what misleads us into believing they can take care of themselves. The fact is, cats hide their pain well, which can make it hard to detect any issues they may have. Additionally, both indoor and outdoor cats can be affected by internal and external parasites. These are some of the reasons why we recommend all cats, regardless of lifestyle, visit the veterinary clinic at least once per year.

We love our feline family members for their autonomous and elusive nature, but ironically, it’s those very traits that can make it challenging when it’s time to see the veterinarian. Making sure our cat is not suspicious of their carrier, will go a long way.

Here are some tips to help your cat feel comfortable and safe in their crate:

  • Familiarize them with their carrier well in advance of their appointment.
  • Leave the carrier in a familiar and desirable spot.
  • Put a blanket in the carrier, for comfort and traction.
  • Leave the door open, so they are comfortable with going in and out.
  • Make the carrier a playful place.

Sometimes, no matter how fun you make their crate, they still avoid it all at costs. In these situations, take the following steps to transport your cat safely:

  • Put a towel in the carrier and place it on its end, with the open door facing the ceiling.
  • Pick them up under their front legs, supporting their hindquarters with your other hand.
  • Carefully lower your cat bottom-end first.
  • Close the door and secure the latch, rotate gently to return the carrier to the correct position.

For further tips and tricks, check out International Cat Care’s instructional video. Making the trip to the vet as stress-free as possible will help your cat get the best care possible.

Written by Rachael Deska, VA

 

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Dear Clients,

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

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