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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective Monday, July 13, 2020 we have made 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 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, if you choose to, we will then allow 1 family member with a mask per appointment in the clinic. Once inside you will be directed to an exam room. We have put special measures in place to keep you, your pets and our staff safe.
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. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital