Belmont Veterinary Services
Serving Belmont, Aylmer, Dorchester, Nilestown, London and all the surrounding areas!

Hairball Awareness Day!

We forgot to celebrate Hairball Awareness Day yesterday!

A hairball is formed by hair ingested when your cat grooms itself by licking his/her fur. Most of it passes through the GI tract without any problems. However, if some of the fur stays in the stomach, you cat must then vomit it back up to get rid of it – Not so pleasant for the cat or your carpet.

The best way to prevent hairballs is by regularly grooming your cat! We recommend either the Kong Zoom Groom for short-haired cats (which you can purchase at the clinic) or the Furminator, which can reduce shedding up to 90% (we can special order this in for you)!

We also sell laxatives that help hairballs move through the digestive tract.

Stop by the clinic and ask us about what you can do to help prevent hairballs.

Newly expanded selection of wet/canned cat food

Did you know your cats should be eating more canned/wet food?

Cats naturally have a lower thirst-drive and don’t drink as much as they should. So often times, they are in a constant state of dehydration. Also, wet food is great when you’re trying to get your kitty to lose weight.

Studies have shown that cats lose weight much easier on canned food versus dry. Dry food is very calorically dense and is high in carbohydrates which are not as satisfying to a cat as protein is. Wet food is also higher in water content which fills up your cat faster, so they don’t eat as much.

Canned/wet food may help kitties with:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Cystitis/Urethral blockage/Urinary tract infection/Crystals
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Hairballs
  • Obesity
  • Hepatic Lipidosis (fatty liver disease)

Click here for tips to transitioning your dry food addicted kitties!

Other great links on the benefits of wet cat food:

We have recently expanded our selection of canned/wet cat food available in the clinic. Stop buy and pick some up for your kitty today!

Help you pets live a more stress-free life!

Do you think your pets may be stressed? Even if you don’t, take the pet stress test and find out.

Even changes that you consider good (such as moving to a new house or bringing home your newborn) can be a major source of stress for your pet, who needs a consistent routine and predictable environment to feel relaxed and secure. Your pet isn’t “misbehaving” out of spite. It’s just their way of coping with the stress brought on by new people, places and/or events.

Signs of stress include:

  • Destructive behaviour is a common way pets express themselves. Your pet may be bored when you’re not at home. They may also be anxious when left alone, and may be suffering from separation anxiety.
  • If your pet has been barking, whining, howling or meowing excessively lately, it’s a sign that something is bothering them. Before you attempt to correct this behaviour it’s important to try to figure out what triggers your pet’s excessive vocalization.
  • Inappropriate elimination tops most people’s list of frustrating pet behaviours. It is also one of the most common signs of stress in pets — as well as a symptom of certain physical conditions (which should first be ruled out by the veterinarian).
  • Avoidance and hiding are signs of stress and fear, as is excessive “clinginess,” which can be an indication of separation anxiety.
  • Unusual behaviour is a sign something is not right with your pet. They are counting on you to sense changes in their mood, habits and/or behaviour, and to help them find ways to cope with stress.
  • Visit us at the clinic to see how products like Zylkène®, Calm food, Adaptil (dogs)/Feliway (cats), and ThunderShirts can help!

    Zylkène® is a milk-derived protein that is clinically proven to have calming benefits. It reduces the signs of stress without any know side effects.

    Calm (canine/feline) food is formulated to support dogs and cats in situations associated with stress and anxiety via a hydrolyzed milk protein (similar to Zylkène®) and tryptophan content to help maintain your pet’s emotional balance.

    Adaptil is a pheromone that is released by the mother to support bonding and to comfort and reassure her puppies. This “support” gives puppies enough confidence to explore and learn about the world around them. Adaptil is a synthetic copy of this canine appeasing pheromone and is proven to help adult dogs cope in challenging and worrying situations. Adaptil comes in 3 different formulations, a diffuser (similar to room freshener plug-ins), a spray and a collar. Adaptil can be used to help with anxiety associated with loud noises, travel, socialization, training and vocalization.

    Feliway is a synthetic copy of the facial pheromone proven to reassure and comfort the cat. When cats feel safe and secure, it rubs its head against objects in the local environment, leaving behind substances called facial pheromones. These provide emotional support and help alleviate stress. The absence of these pamiliar marks is believed to lead to an increase in anxiety. Feliway can be used in multi-cat homes, new environments, for urine marking, travel and inappropriate scratching.

    ThunderShirt uses gentle hugging to calm your dog or cat. With its patented design, ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs and cats show significant improvement in symptoms when using ThunderShirt. Experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system, possibly by releasing a calming hormone like endorphins. Using pressure to relieve anxiety in people and animals has been a common practice for years.

    Come in and see how we can help you with your stressed pets!

We can now order Thundershirts!

I hope everyone is out there enjoying the beautiful weather today!

The weather reports are calling for thunderstorms later this week. Does your dog hate thunderstorms? Maybe we can help! We can now order in ThunderShirts from XXS to XXL. Give us a call or stop in if you would like to purchase one. We can get it in usually within 24hrs.

thundershirt-300x257

ThunderShirt uses gentle hugging to calm your dog or cat. With its patented design, ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs and cats show significant improvement in symptoms when using ThunderShirt. ThunderShirt is already helping hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats around the world and is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and trainers. How does ThunderShirt work? Experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system, possibly by releasing a calming hormone like endorphins. Using pressure to relieve anxiety in people and animals has been a common practice for years.

Tick and heartworm season!

Spring is finally here and with the arrival of spring comes those pesky parasites, ticks and mosquitoes. Are you prepared for tick and heartworm season?

We recommend heartworm testing mid-April to mid-May, at which point you can pick up your heartworm prevention medication for the season. It’s a simple, inexpensive blood test which can detect four infections (Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and heartworm disease) in one blood sample and results are obtained in less than 10 minutes.

For more information about heartworm and why testing and prevention is so important, please watch this video below.

Call today to book your appointment to get your dogs tested!
Don’t forget about your cats! They don’t need to be tested, but they still need protection!

National Pet I.D. Week Promotion!

If you bring your pet in to be microchipped between April 15th and 20th, you will receive 15% off the cost of microchipping!

1 in 3 pets will become lost in their lifetime, only 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back home. Millions of pets are euthanized every year because their owners can’t be found in time. Microchipping is recommended for every pet—it is the only permanent method of identification and is extremely helpful in the event your pet is lost. Remember ID tags can become lost; tattoos can smudge and become unreadable—only a microchip offers a permanent solution. Hundreds of thousands of pets have been returned to their owners using microchip technology. It is estimated that over 94% of lost pets that have a microchip are successfully reunited with their families.

Call today to take advantage of this offer!

Go BackRefreshGo ForwardHomeLog in
Powered by WordPressBeaver Creek Animal HospitalWest Lorne Animal Hospital • Designed by Autumn Sky Designs