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Weight Loss Assistance

Obesity is an increasing health concern in cats. Over 50% of adult cats in North America are overweight or obese. Overweight cats are at an increased risk for many health problems including diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease and respiratory problems. Nutrition plays an important role in maintaining your cat at a healthy weight.

How do I know if my cat is overweight?


We determine if a cat is overweight, by body condition scoring them. This is a scale from 1 to 5. 1 being emaciated/thin to 5 being obese. We want cats to be at a healthy 3. We should be able to feel our pet’s ribs, see that they have a visible waist and a tucked in the abdomen. There are also behavioural signs to watch for, such as your cat not being able to jump onto furniture, they sleep more often, or they lost their breath more quickly while walking or running.

How can I help my cat lose weight?


First, it is important to see how much you are actually feeding your cat. It is typical for many pet owners to overfeed their cats without realizing it. A good start is to go to your veterinarian for a nutritional consultation to find out how much your cat should be eating and perhaps to change them to a diet food.

What is offered during a nutritional consultation?


During a nutritional consultation, a registered veterinary technician (RVT) will meet with you and discuss what your cat typically eats throughout the day, as well as their activity level. She will then take a series of body measurements to determine what your cat’s ideal body weight it. She will typically recommend a diet food and go over instructions for gradually introducing the food and maintaining your pet on their new diet. It is important that you regularly weigh your cat, to see their progress or discuss any problems you may encounter, during your cat’s weight loss program.

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Last updated: December 23, 2021

Dear Clients,

With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in our region, we are temporarily moving back to curbside service, with no pet parents in the building during appointments. Our top priority here at Elgin Animal Hospital is the ongoing health and safety of our clients, their pets, and our dedicated team members that serve you and the community. Our goal is to remain open in order to provide necessary care for your pets. In order to do this, we need to keep our team healthy and do our best to minimize exposure.

Here is what you can expect:

Appointments

  • When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and call us at 519-631-0430 to let us know you are here
  • Our Reception Team will let you know when we are ready for you, and ask you to come in the appointment door
  • A staff member will meet you just inside the vestibule to take the patient into the hospital for their appointment
  • Our Veterinarian will communicate with you via phone call - so please be sure to bring your cellphone to your appointment!
  • We have payment over the phone for credit cards, or a portable debit machine can be brought to the vestibule if needed
  • Food & Medication Pick Up

  • Will continue safely via the food/med pick-up door Come in the door on your right -- no need to call when you arrive
  • We are highly recommending our clients sign up for myVETstore for purchasing food for their pets
  • We also ask that you please call in your pet's medication & food refills 3-5 days in advance as we are experiencing some shipment delays once again
  • These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. We are constantly analyzing our day-to-day actions and we appreciate your patience. We will continue to implement procedures that are in the best interest of both you, our clients and our staff.

    If you are not feeling well in any way, or if you have interacted with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 we ask that you stay isolated and do not visit us at the clinic. If your pet needs medical attention please have a family member or friend bring in your pet or pick up your prescriptions or food.

    Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (519) 631-0430. Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you may experience when reaching out to us.

    - Your dedicated team at Elgin Animal Hospital