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.

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Overweight Cat Help

You make choices for your cat regarding nutrition, environmental enrichment and well-being every day. These choices can affect your cat’s body weight and play an important role in your cat’s life expectancy and overall health. Understanding your cat’s accurate caloric intake requirements is key. Our veterinarians or animal technologists can work with you and help you understand what is ideal for your cat by formulating a plan to help your cat maintain ideal body weight.


How do I know if my cat is overweight?


Your veterinarian will score your cat’s body weight during annual physical exams. Cats are typically considered overweight when their ribs are not easily felt, 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/castrated. This is why it is important to consult with your veterinarian about your cat’s dietary needs around the time they are spayed/castrated.

How can I help my cat lose weight?


Most cats can lose weight and maintain ideal body weight when fed an appropriate amount of food and treats. Some cats require a prescription diet specifically made for weight loss to help them lose weight. Our veterinary team will help determine the appropriate amount of daily food your cat requires based on their age and lifestyle.

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Last updated: September 4, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are still providing the same excellent patient care that we always have, but with some changes 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

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

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Note: After-hour emergency services are available for regular equine patients only. All other patients with after-hours emergencies, please contact Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital and Wellness Centre at (204) 452-0911.


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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Oakbank Animal Hospital