We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Healthy Lifestyles

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“You have to exercise, or at some point, you’ll just break down.” – Barack Obama

Living with cats is very different than living with dogs. Cats have a whole different array of habits than dogs; they are true predators, often less social than dogs and can get very insulted if their world changes abruptly. Whether they live strictly inside, go outside sometimes or live strictly outside, there are a few big things to remember regarding the cats in your family.

Cats are predators, and they love to hunt, nurture this. Stimulating a cat’s mind is important in maintaining a cat’s healthy lifestyle. Hunting doesn’t have to be directed at live animals, and there are so many toys available to encourage a cat to hunt when they live inside. Feeding small frequent meals throughout the day on a high surface or shelf that the cat needs a jump or climb to is an excellent stimulation of their natural hunting environment. Randomly moving the food bowl to new locations is also helpful in making the cat use their mind. These hunting type activities satisfy the need for exercise as well as mimic the natural eating style of a carnivorous predator. When cats are outdoors, they hunt and eat small meals of meat frequently, when cats are indoors, this type of feeding schedule with a properly balanced cat food helps to keep them healthy.

Cats are designed physically to run; they don’t do well as sedentary animals. Maze bowls and cat trees are also easy ways to add exercise to a cat’s day. Bored cats, like bored dogs, can be very destructive. Bored cats scratch furniture, climb into cupboards and eat human food, even inappropriate bathroom habits in cats can sometimes be linked to boredom. Giving cats the opportunity to go outside can be incredibly enriching in their daily life. If your cat doesn’t respect the backyard fence, try a leash and harness for some quality time in the outdoors. Use a toy that your cat loves as a reward for staying close by and playing in the backyard. If you are lucky enough to have a cat that has dog-like behaviour, teach them to play fetch!

Stress in a cat’s life, whether that be boredom, moving, seasonal changes, new food/pet/human, etc. can cause behavioural issues. There are many options for dealing with stress. Things as simple as new toys to relieve boredom like previously mentioned, gradual food changes if a diet change is needed, or even some emotional support via pheromones like Feliway or medications to help with moving or other big stressors.

No matter the living arrangements, there are so many opportunities to enrich your cat’s life with exercise and mental stimulation. Talk to your veterinary healthcare team if you have concerns about your cat’s behaviour or stress/exercise level, we would love to help make your cat happy!

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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 Monday, March 23, 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 403.527.2829. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, continuing with some surgeries, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours as of April 21, 2020: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

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

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 Crossroads Animal Hospital