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.
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.
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 Monday, March 23, 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 250.374.1485. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
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 still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. With recent operation changes, we have decided to close for lunch daily between 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. This closure ensures our staff gets a much-needed break and a chance to reorganize orders and catch up. Thank you for your understanding!
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.
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 Kamloops Veterinary Clinic