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.
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.
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.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 780-539-0636. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Animal Medical Centre North