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.
Everybody loves a big, cuddly cat, but that can be detrimental to your cat’s health. An overweight cat has a higher chance of having various medical conditions including arthritis, cardiac disease, diabetes, kidney disease, liver malfunction, and shortened life expectancy. This is why it is important to have your veterinarian determine if your cat is at a healthy weight.
Just like every other species, the number on the scale is not the best indicator of health. Veterinary medicine uses a scale from 1-9 or 1-5, depending on the company, to determine the body condition of a patient. 1 is very underweight, whereas 9 is very obese. An ideal body condition looks like this: you should be able to still feel the ribs with a small amount of fat covering them. When petting, there should be a visible waist (narrowing) behind the ribs, there should be no fat accumulating at the base of the tail, the scruff should feel loose and not filled with fat. These are just some guidelines to help determine if your pet may be over or underweight and can be found online.
How can my cat lose weight?
Weight loss in cats can be more difficult than that in dogs, but it can be done! Cutting back on the amount of food fed to your cat should only be done at the discretion of a veterinarian, otherwise, your cat may not be getting enough nutrients. There are veterinary diets and treats that are aimed to help pets lose weight, while still getting all required nutrients. Avoiding treats and human food can help to cut back on calories, without cutting out any nutrients. Keeping cats active tends to be the hardest part about losing weight, as they tend to do what they want. Laser pointers and toys can be used to play with your cat to help get them moving. Buying a cat-sized treat ball and filling it with their portion of food is a great way to have your cat work for its food.
What is offered in a nutritional consultation?
During your cat’s yearly physical exam, your veterinarian will examine them from nose to tail and assess whether they are at a healthy weight. We will help you determine your cats daily caloric requirements and any further veterinarian recommendations.
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-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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.
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 - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.
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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital