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.
Keeping your cat active can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Cats can be quiet inactive at times, which in the long run can have effects on their physical and mental health. Ultimately, you need to get them moving and playing! Toys are the easiest way to encourage active behaviour. It is also mentally stimulating which can aid with any issues that may come with boredom. The three main types of play are interactive, solo and electronic toys. Interactive play is the time you spend actively playing with your cat. It is the most beneficial. As for solo play, this can include pawing around a toy such a fake mouse or anything that can be tossed about. Electronic cat toys are great for the busy household. They are usually battery operated and can occupy your cat without human interaction. Another fun toy that most cats love is a laser pointer.
Vertical territory is another very important aspect of a cats environment. This can include cat trees, activity centers, window sills, shelves and much more. These vertical locations encourage movement, along with mental stimulation.
There are many food dispensing toys or puzzle feeders that require your cat to work a little harder to get their meals. Be careful with treat dispensers as we do not want to add more calories to their daily intake.
Last but not least, the cat’s ultimate toy, boxes! Don’t be afraid to get creative. Cut some holes and create a “kitty wack-a-mole” which is not only fun for your cat but you too!
Remember to be patient when enticing your cat to play. Take advantage of that daily burst of energy that cats get a few times a day. Happy playing!
How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 905.857.5057. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at North Hill Animal Hospital