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.
Even with the knowledge that excess weight predisposes our pets to the risk of other diseases, obesity still remains a significant problem in our pet population. Up to 40% of pet dogs and cats in Canada suffer from obesity. Prevention is best and feeding appropriate quantities of quality foods play a key role in precluding obesity and its consequences. The veterinary diets we supply are scientifically proven to provide the nutritional needs of our pets and offer them a healthy foundation for everyday life. We are happy to offer nutritional consultations for all of your pets.
There are several methods of assessment for body condition scores ranging from examination to taking your pet’s measurements and imputing them into a program that will determine your pet’s ideal weight. Please book an appointment with your veterinarian to assess your pet’s weight and obtain advice on diet and exercise. Sometimes an overweight pet can have an underlying condition as well that is contributing to weight gain. Your veterinarian will be able to examine your pet to determine if your pet’s weight gain may be secondary to another health condition.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Yes! Labrador retrievers, Cairn Terriers, Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Shetland Sheepdogs, Basset Hounds, Beagles and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are reportedly genetically predisposed to becoming obese. If your furry friend is one of these breeds, take extra care to not overfeed and weigh frequently to monitor weight gain/loss.
Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the clinic?
If your pet is already facing excess weight or obesity we can help you with a safe and successful weight loss regime. Our partnerships with reputed veterinary pet food companies allow us to effectively tackle and track weight loss resulting in a healthier and happier pet. In the case of overweight pets, it is advisable to have an appointment with a veterinarian to rule out any metabolic disease process prior to approaching weight loss through diet alone.
Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection, that can be caused by a variety of different viruses and bacteria. The kennel cough vaccine available is able to protect against one of the most common sources of kennel cough, but just like with our human influenza vaccine, it cannot cover every strain.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 14, 2020 one member of the pet's family will be allowed inside our clinic as long as a mask is worn while inside and physical distancing guidelines are followed. 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, 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 in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. When the doctor is ready for your appointment, a staff member will come out and let you know.
We are happy to say that as of July 14th, we are now able to allow ONE member of your household to accompany your pet inside for their examination, as long as you bring a mask of your own to wear while inside the clinic.
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. OPERATING HOURS ARE BACK TO NORMAL
Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are no longer closed over the lunch hour.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Kamloops Veterinary Clinic