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February 2016

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Introducing our new Webstore!

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We recognize that you live a busy life and taking the time to drive to the clinic for your pets food can be onerous. Who doesn’t love shopping from home?  With the added convenience of home delivery or pick up here at the clinic, we are proud to introduce our new webstore. You can now order your pet’s foods and medications online through our webstore 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To sign up for the webstore follow the link on our website or call us for more information at (519) 752-3431.

 

 

 

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Meet Lydia-Veterinary Technician Student

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We have really enjoyed having Lydia working with us for the past 4 weeks. She is studying to become a veterinary technician and she’s completing her final year at Northern College. As part of their training, each student must attend a placement for a minimum of 40 hours before graduating in order to gain valuable hands-on experience. Lydia’s had an opportunity to assist with X-rays, anesthesia, laboratory work and animal nursing while here. She even helped with managing Zeta’s diet. Lydia weighed Zeta today, and we’re sorry to say she hasn’t lost any more weight. Zeta is, however, staying stable at 5.6kg. Royal Canin’s SlimFit program suggests that we reduce her caloric intake by 5% which means she’ll get 47 grams of food per day instead of 50. We’ll weigh her again in 2 weeks to see how she’s doing.

 

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Gallery of Distinction

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Dr. Lee is a true visionary when it comes to decorating the clinic. One of our favourite things is the Gallery of Distinction. We have pictures hanging in the waiting room and hallways, and eventually will have them in both exam rooms. Actually, they’ll be just about everywhere! If you have a special picture of your pet that you’d like to see hanging up please let us know

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Exam room renovations

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The clinic renovations are coming along. If you’ve been in during the past month you already know that the girls have been hard at work painting the exam rooms and hallways. Our construction crew has replaced the trim and added beautiful wainscoting along the hallways and in the exam rooms.  New cupboards have been ordered and should be installed shortly. Feel free to come in and have a look anytime!

 

Zeta’s on a diet!

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Our clinic cat, Zeta, put on quite a few pounds this past year so we decided it was time to put her on a strict diet, with the help of Royal Canin. Royal Canin manufactures most of our therapeutic diets and their weight loss diet, Feline Satiety, was the perfect choice for Zeta. Like any diet, being hungry all the time is the hardest thing to overcome. This particular diet has psyllium fibre added to it which helps to keep pets feeling full and has all the important nutrients that are needed while reducing calories.  It definitely works because we noticed a big difference in Zeta’s begging habits.

Zeta started out at 6.30 kg on November 25, 2015 and her target weight is 4.50 kg. Royal Canin has an awesome on-line program called “Slimfit” with a special calculator that veterinarians can use to easily determine a patient’s target weight and calorie allowance.  After plugging all of Zeta’s information into the program it told us how much Satiety Diet to feed her (50 grams total per day in divided meals) each day.  We actually weigh her food to make sure she doesn’t accidentally get overfed. It’s easy to add a few extra kibbles to a measuring cup, but by weighing the food she gets exactly the amount prescribed.  The program figures everything out for us; the calories, how much to give in cups and in grams. All we needed was a kitchen weigh scale.

Zeta’s progress has been steady, with the exception of a little stagnation around Christmas time, but that’s to be expected.  We know it’s hard to resist good food over the holidays, right?  With each weigh in we also add her body condition score (BCS)to the program so it helps to control the rate at which she’s losing weight. Her BCS in November was 8 out of 9.  Now she’s 7 out of 9.  When we first changed her BCS to 7 the program told us she was losing weight too fast so for a week we fed her a few grams more.  It would be awesome to see her with a BCS of 5!

Today she’s 5.60 kg and we are very proud of her.  Dieting is never easy, but Zeta is a trooper!

Overweight cats and dogs can suffer from a variety of ailments, such as arthritis, heart disease and lung disease that can be managed and possibly eliminated if we can get the extra pounds off of them.

Zeta’s next weigh in will be in a couple of weeks so we’ll keep you posted.