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.
There are many reasons why it is important to keep your pet at an ideal body weight and body condition. Animals who are overweight or obese are more prone to serious life-threatening illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease or degenerative joint disease just to mention a few. Each and every time you come in to see our veterinarians at The College Manor Veterinary Hospital, your pet will receive a body condition score between 1-5. Typically, we would like to see all pets at a 3 as that means they are ideal. Anything greater than 3 is cause for concern and an action plan to be formulated by you and the doctor.
If you cannot feel your cat’s ribs with light pressure, see a truck up in the belly area by their back legs and also see a nice silhouette of an indented waist when you are looking down on them from overtopping then, yes, your cat is fat. Now there are varying degrees of “fat”. During your cat’s annual preventive care exam our doctors will always assign a body condition score between 1 & 5. If your cat receives a 3, he/she is in excellent body condition and the conversation stops there Should you receive a 4 or a 5, then we need to be discussing weight loss initiatives to get back on track. Alternatively, if your pet receives a score of 1 or 2 then we may need to do some further investigation or diagnostic testing into the reasons behind your cat being too thin.
How can my cat lose weight?
The best way to help your cat lose weight is to feed him/her the appropriate amount of food. As we all know there are a thousand diets on the market to feed your pet and the calorie content of each of them is unique. The best way to start if your pet need to lose a few pounds is to ask for a food recommendation from one of our veterinarians. With that dietary recommendation would come a measuring cup to accurately measure each morsel your cat is eating and an appropriate feeding guide. Typically, we would recommend each morning to measure out the daily allotment we recommended and place it into a tupperware container. Once the container is empty, then your cat has had his/her daily amount and will need to wait until tomorrow for more. This way if there are multiple people feeding your pet in the home, everyone knows that once the food is gone it’s gone.
What is offered in nutritional consultation?
Whenever our veterinarians are asked to perform a nutritional consultation, they would assess the food you are currently feeding your pet and help you decide it there is a better option or the one you are feeding is adequate for the situation. They would explain to you how to read a pet food label, things to look for as well as avoid and work out the feeding guidelines depending on the diet chosen for your specific pet’s needs.
Have you ever bought a plant to decorate for the holidays or dropped a vitamin accidentally? As these things do happen and can cause a potential pet poison risk, it is important to be informed as a preventative measure.
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 Monday, March 23, 2020
1. We are currently operating a “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 905.853.4706. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, 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 - 4:00 pm & Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up, visit our website.
Note: Due to the continued health precautions recommended by Health Canada, we have elected to discontinue 'in clinic' pick-ups for items ordered via our Webstore including both medications and food with immediate effect. The delivery option is extremely flexible and they will deliver to your place of work, home, cottage or wherever you choose.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 College Manor Veterinary Hospital