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.
Is your cat lazy? Does your cat fill up more of its bed than it used to? Have you noticed your cat is constantly begging for food? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you likely have a cat on the road to becoming overweight. Obesity is an epidemic in the human world and it is being mirrored in the animal kingdom. High fat treats, decreased activity and decreased stimulation to hunt has led to the development of fat cats.
A cat is considered to be overweight when they have developed fat pads over their spine and ribs and they lose their abdominal tuck – this is also known as being “over-conditioned”. We use body condition scoring as a way of identifying whether a cat is overweight – a score over 4.5 means they are too heavy.
How can I help my cat lose weight?
We at Seneca Animal Clinic are happy to have a conversation with you about how you can help your cat lose weight. Changes in your family pet’s routine including decreasing food, reducing or removing treats, and increasing prey drive will all help to make your pet a better weight. Your veterinarian may prescribe a special diet for your cat that will help it lose weight in a safe and healthy way.
What is offered during a nutritional consultation?
During a nutritional consultation, your veterinarian will perform a physical exam including body condition scoring and muscle condition scoring. You will discuss the foods and treats that your pet is given in a day and work together to formulate an appropriate feeding plan.
As your pet gets older, they need to get regular check-ups with your vet to make sure they are fit and healthy. Senior pets are more likely to have health issues, and monitoring with routine check-ups and bloodwork is a perfect way of keeping ahead of any illness.
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
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. 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".
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 & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
- Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!