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Purina Veterinary Diets Feline Essential Care Senior

There are many wonderful diets on the market for your ageing feline friends. One of my personal favourites is the Purina Veterinary Diets Essential Care Feline Senior diet. In my experience, cats find this diet very palatable, and they do quite well on it.

It is important to provide ageing animals with the nutrients they require so that they stay in good shape and remain healthy and happy for as long as possible.

This diet provides cats with high protein levels. It helps maintain lean body mass and muscle as the cat ages. We often see older cats who are lacking muscle mass as they age, which makes them look very thin even if they haven’t lost weight.

The dry kibble contains a natural fibre blend that helps to control hairballs. No one likes to clean those up! Fibre also helps with digestion and having healthy bowel movements.

This diet contains omega-6 fatty acids, which help keep your feline friends coat and skin nice and healthy. It also contains taurine, which cats require in their food. It helps support eye and heart health. This diet also contains antioxidants that help support the immune system.

Many cats become finicky with food as they age, I have seen many cats who LOVE this food, especially the canned variety. It is important to feed a food that your cat enjoys eating and remains healthy while eating it.

Your veterinary health care team can recommend the best diet for your individual pet, based on their current health status and needs. Sometimes animals can require prescription or specific diets to help manage their health conditions. If you think your pet may require a diet change, don’t hesitate to ask your vet!

Written by: Mikaila Cariou, RVT

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What You Should Know About Onion and Garlic Toxicities in Pets

Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets.  It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online.  They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 902-225-7543. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. With dramatically increased demand and dwindling supply, combined with supplier purchase limitations, we are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in obtaining many pet foods. Although we remain in stock of many of your favourite foods, and continue to order our daily maximum allocation, we regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend special orders. Please continue to call us and we will do our best to fill your needs with food we have in stock, but we can no longer guarantee supply on all brands. We are monitoring this situation daily and will advise when this situation has eased. At this time most drugs and over the counter products remain unaffected. For food and prescription pick ups, please call us to prepay and advise us by phone when you arrive at the hospital to pick up. We will meet you at the front of the building to deliver your order. We do also have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

5. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital