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Overweight Cat Help

It is much easier to prevent excess weight gain than to implement a weight loss regiment. This can be achieved by measuring food at meal times, restricting the consumption of human food and ensuring your cat gets regular exercise. If your cat does have some weight to lose, our staff will work with you to implement a weight loss routine.

How do I know if my cat is overweight?


Most Veterinary professionals follow a guideline chart called body condition scoring. Looks can be deceiving. That is why the veterinarian or veterinary technologist will run their hands from the cat’s shoulders to the hips and feel the ribs. They are checking how much fat they can feel under their skin and whether they can prominently feel the ribs, spine and hip bones. The body condition score goes from 1 to 9. A score of 4/9 and 5/9 is ideal. We recommend putting your cat on a weight loss regimen if they score anything over a 5/9. Even 5-10 extra pounds increases their risk for other diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, etc. Our staff can help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

How can I help my cat lose weight?


Our staff can help create a weight loss regimen. First, the veterinarian or veterinary technologist will figure out your cat’s body condition score to determine how much the target weight loss would be. We will work with you in selecting a diet and daily feeding amount for your dog to start their weight loss. Losing weight slower increases their chances to keep the excess weight off.

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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

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 Sunday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre North