Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
It’s true! Most cats would rather do anything than visit the vet clinic. The American Association of Feline Practitioners reports that 60% of cats ‘hate’ going to the veterinarian; that the very idea is stressful for both the cat and the owners. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to reduce the stress of coming to the hospital. Many of these can be employed by YOU, starting at home.
Familiarity with the carrier can make a huge difference. Keep your carrier in a part of the house where your cat feels comfortable, place treats in the carrier, and soft blankets that smell like home. This helps your cat associate the carrier with normal, everyday life, and will feel comfortable and safe inside even when going for a trip to the vet. After all, what regal feline creature wishes to be moved around in a carrier that smells like the basement!
Taking short trips in the car can acclimatize your cat to the motion, as well. You might try buckling the carrier into the seatbelt, or leaving the carrier on the floor, so there is less movement. Some cats like to look around and see what is happening during travel, while others feel safer with a blanket over the carrier.
If you’re shopping for a carrier, aim to get the style that has pop-off lid. This makes it easy to remove the cat from the carrier. If your cat is more comfortable partially enclosed, exams can be preformed with your cat still sitting inside the bottom half in the kennel.
Feliway pheromone spray and wipes can be used on the carrier at home before travel. Be sure to apply the products at least 30 minutes before your cat enters the carrier, so the alcohol vapour can dry and dissipate.
We will do our best when your cat arrives to move you both directly to our cat friendly examination room. We want to reduce stressful contact with barking dogs, as well as reduce exposure to the hustle and bustle of the clinic. Take advantage of our ‘cat parking’ table in the reception area, cats appreciated being above ground level!
Blog by Patti Green
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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 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.
2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
3. 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, visit our website.
4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.
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 Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.