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.
Everyday you make choices for your cat regarding nutrition, environmental enrichment and well-being. These choices can affect your cat’s body weight and play an important role in your cat’s life expectancy and overall health. All too often, your cat’s weight gain can sneak up on you. For this reason, it is a good idea to frequently weigh your cat and have your cat’s body weight scored at every annual visit. Overweight cats are susceptible to many weight-related conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and skin disease. Counting calories matters! Understanding your cat’s true caloric intake requirements is key and our nutritional consultant can work with you to help you understand what is ideal for your cat and help formulate a plan to maintain ideal body weight.
We use the same body condition score for cats as we do for dogs, with 1 being emaciated and 5 being morbidly obese. Your veterinarian will score your cat’s body weight during annual physical exams. Cats are typically considered overweight when their ribs are not easily palpable and they do not have a visible waistline. Cats require a lot fewer calories than many owners may think; especially indoor cats and cats that have been spayed/neutered. This is why it is important to consult with your veterinarian or pet nutritionist about your cat’s dietary needs around the time they are spayed/neutered.
How to have a cat lose weight?
Cats typically have more success at losing weight or maintaining an ideal body condition when they are eating primarily a canned diet. This is because they are obligate carnivores which means they do not require any carbohydrates in their diets, unlike humans and dogs. Measuring food matters as well. Cats who are used to “free feeding” are typically less successful at maintaining an ideal body weight.
What is offered in nutritional consultation?
During a nutritional consultation, our passionate, pet nutrition counsellor will body score your cat and build a plan to guide you through a successful and safe weight loss program. Dietary options will be given with follow up consults offered at times of weigh-in to help keep your cat on track and to meet your goals!
Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.
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 Friday, March 19, 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 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!
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.
3. We are OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.
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 and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, 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. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
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 Van Isle Veterinary Hospital