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.
We take pride in keeping your cat at a happy, healthy weight. Our team can help assess if your cat is overweight and help implement a weight loss plan. It can be done with a specialized diet plan. After your feline is spayed or neutered, extra care must be taken with food intake to help prevent weight gain.
A cat is considered to be overweight when the pet has more than 25% body fat. This can be evaluated by our medical staff. Common signs of obesity may include, but are not limited to, ribs that are not prominent or hard to feel, no abdominal tuck (waist), loose or distended abdomen or even a fat pad at the tail base and abdomen.
How can I help my cat lose weight?
Often, it may be difficult to keep our feline friends active. When this is an issue, a specialized weight loss diet can be implemented to help with weight loss and maintenance. We carry several forms of weight management diets, and we can help determine which diet is most suitable for your cat.
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
At your annual examination with your pet, our medical staff are highly trained in methods of weight control/loss using nutrition. Any questions regarding your cat’s weight can be answered at this time. If you believe your cat may be overweight, contact our staff today to book your consultation.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.
We will now see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.
Beginning June 29, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:
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 us.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the hospital.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you wish to remain in your car during the appointment, when you call to inform us of your arrival, 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".
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.
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.
Merritt Animal Hospital: Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dresden Veterinary Clinic: Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday: Closed
Sydenham River Veterinary Office: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!