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.
Cat nails should be trimmed about every 4 weeks the hind nails usually grow slower and can go about 6-8 weeks. If you have a polydactyl cat (has extra toes) make sure you get the ones that can grow in between the regular toes and the thumb. These can easily be missed and can grow all the way around and into the skin causing pain and infections. It is best to use cat nail trimmers and, so the edges cut cleanly and don’t cause splintering of the nails. If you feel uncomfortable trimming your cat’s nails ask your Veterinary Hospital staff for a demonstration.
When brushing or combing, use a wire comb for getting the undercoat and pulling out small matts especially in cats with longer hair. Brush or comb in the direction of the haircoat. Older cats often have arthritis, and it is best to use a rubber brush or even grooming gloves to remove loose surface hair.
Some cats enjoy the grooming while others will run when you take the brush out. If you have a cat that detests grooming start with short periods of only a couple minutes with a grooming glove, it feels more like petting. It can also help to give a treat after it makes it a positive experience.
If you’re lucky you should never have to bathe your cat, most of the washing they will do themselves. However, you must bathe your cat make sure to use a cat/pet specific shampoo. One other option is a product called Kleen Kitty no rinse shampoo that you can spray directly on your cat or spray on your hands and run your fingers through their coat. You can also purchase a leave-in conditioner; both are available from our Veterinary Hospital.
Indoor cats need enrichment and mental stimulation. Enrichment can increase activity (which can help with weight control) and prevent many behavioural issues related to low mental stimulation (things like inappropriate litter box usage, anxiety, aggression and attention-seeking).
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
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. 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 Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!