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Is Your Pet Anorexic? By Breah Russell

As weight management month wraps up at our clinic, we need to continue to stay on top of our pet’s diet in order to ensure that our furry friends stay healthy and happy throughout the year.

When your vet talks about anorexia in your pet, they are not suggesting your cat or dog has a distorted body image. In fact, it would be quite curious to find your pet analyzing her body in front of a mirror after her recent weight gain, or perhaps asking to switch to a low calorie diet before her upcoming beach vacation! Your vet is simply saying that your pet is not eating.

The truth is, loss of appetite is one of the most obvious ways of determining if your pet is sick. For example, if you are offering your pet his favorite treats and he is reluctant to devour them, he is probably not feeling well.

If your pet is not eating or drinking normally or if he/she is acting unwell, here are a few tips you can use before the problem becomes severe and Vet attention is needed.

  1. Offer your pet canned food as opposed to dry kibble. Canned food tends to be more appetizing to picky eaters and offers additional water. You can also try heating up your pet food to increase palatability.
  2. Eating in private can sometimes help the problem. When your pet is not feeling well he/she may want to be alone. If you have a multi-pet household, your other pets may be inclined to eat more or even all of your sick pet’s food. So make sure all pets have their own individual bowl so there is less competition.
  3. Some Vets prescribe medications that stimulate appetite and may even relieve nausea. A common medication used is Mirtazapine, this medication should only be used after your Vet has diagnosed the underlying cause of the appetite loss.

 

We know how important your animal is to you, which is why we want you to maintain the highest dietary standards. Nutritional maintenance is vital to your pets health. Making sure to feed your pet high quality, nutritionally balanced food, making sure they get optimal exercise and finally seeking the professional advice of your Vet if any concerns should arise, are all crucial steps to ensuring the best and longest life out of your beloved furry friend.

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates 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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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

- Your dedicated team at Mill Creek Animal Hospital