Village Cat Clinic

Village Cat Clinic Village Cat Clinic is a full service veterinary facility exclusive to the care of cats.
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07/16/2021

On National Pet Fire Safety Day, we're encouraging all pet owners to review their fire preparation plans. In addition to these 4️⃣ tips, the AVMA has compiled these resources to help protect your pets in case of a fire or natural disasters: https://bit.ly/30hocnP

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07/16/2021

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Most cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) can go on to live long, happy lives. Your veterinarian is your partner in your cat's health, so make sure to book regular visits and follow any instructions they give you for at-home care. Learn about the six myths about FIV in our latest post. Here's to many happy years with your kitty friend! https://bit.ly/cathealthyfiv

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07/16/2021

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July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day!

According to the American Red Cross, home fires are the most common disaster that the American Red Cross responds to – and also the most preventable.
The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or your family to rescue a family pet.

To learn more about Pet Fire safety check out the full article here:
https://hubs.la/H0Skpx60

Good Evening EveryoneWe are THRILLED to report that Dr.Liz's open heart surgery went really well and she is back home wi...
07/14/2021

Good Evening Everyone

We are THRILLED to report that Dr.Liz's open heart surgery went really well and she is back home with her family. She will be spending the next couple of months recovering and working on some physiotherapy. She did want me to convey that she would like to send out a huge heartfelt thanks to all of our clients and in some cases their cats for all their well wishes. It meant the world to her.

Good Evening Everyone

We are THRILLED to report that Dr.Liz's open heart surgery went really well and she is back home with her family. She will be spending the next couple of months recovering and working on some physiotherapy. She did want me to convey that she would like to send out a huge heartfelt thanks to all of our clients and in some cases their cats for all their well wishes. It meant the world to her.

Top 10 Toxic Plants for Pets: What to Look Out For
07/14/2021
Top 10 Toxic Plants for Pets: What to Look Out For

Top 10 Toxic Plants for Pets: What to Look Out For

Not sure which plants are unsafe to keep around your pets? The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has you covered with a list of top 10 toxic plants!

07/14/2021

Wildlife Wednesday!!

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will once again be conducting Oral Rabies Vaccine (ORV) bait distribution and trap-vaccinate-release (TVR) programs in Ontario. Baiting and TVR operations began June 28 and will continue until the end of October.
The ministry’s rabies control operations are essential to public health and to the health of wildlife. The ministry is committed to the research, surveillance, control and elimination of the outbreak of rabies in southwestern Ontario to prevent the disease from spreading.
Since the start of the rabies outbreak in 2015, the first of its kind in over a decade, MNRF has taken quick action to protect communities, distributing over six million vaccine baits by air and ground. Rabies cases have decreased by about 50% each year since 2016.
Any warm-blooded mammal can contract rabies. If a human contracts rabies and does not receive treatment, the disease is fatal.

The khaki-green coloured bait being distributed by hand and by aircraft is made of wax-fat with an attractant flavour (vanilla-sugar). A label with a toll-free telephone number (1-888-574-6656) and the message “Do not eat” is located on the exterior of the bait, and a plastic package containing the liquid rabies vaccine is embedded in the centre. If found, the bait should not be touched, but left for raccoons, skunks and foxes to consume.

07/14/2021
07/14/2021

I do this at least 5 times a day!

07/11/2021

True or False: Flea prevention that kills adult fleas only will control my flea infestation quickly.

FALSE: Fleas have 4 lifestages. Because of this, the best flea prevention for your cat should kill multiple lifestages- especially if you have a flea infestation.

1. EGGS are deposited onto the pet and fall into the environment. According to Companion Animal Parasite Control, flea egg production begins within 20 to 24 hours of females taking their first blood meal. One female flea can produce 40 to 50 eggs per day- that’s nearly 3,000 fleas in two months. From one flea! Look for prevention that kills flea eggs.
2. LARVA are small and maggot-like. They can develop outdoors in cool, shady areas, as well as indoors in undisturbed, protected sites such as carpet, under furniture, and along your house or apartment’s baseboards. Look for prevention that kills larvae too.
3. PUPA is what we call larva after they develop their cocoon-like shell that protects them while they become adult fleas. Fleas usually emerge by day 13, depending on the temperature and relative humidity. But if left undisturbed, they can stay in their pupa stage for up to 3 months! It's highly unlikely you'll find flea prevention that will kill the tough pupa stage, which is why monthly treatments are so important.
4. ADULT FLEA is the flea you see! They begin feeding on your cat within 3 minutes of emerging from the pupa stage. During the warmer months or inside a home, the entire flea life cycle can be completed in two to three weeks. That's why flea infestations happen so fast, but don't worry- we can help! Contact us about your cat's flea prevention.

07/10/2021

Did you know?

07/09/2021
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Today is #WorldChocolateDay and although cats are generally less interested in sweet treats, chocolate is toxic to them and care should be taken to keep it out of reach.
Signs of chocolate poisoning include:
· Vomiting
· Diarrhoea
· Drinking a lot
· Hyperactivity
· Trembling
· Even having a fit
(If you notice any of these signs contact your vet immediately).
So while we hope you make the most of today to indulge in chocolate treats, make sure your cat doesn’t try to join in on the fun!

Hey everyone Cole, Charlotte and Vincent are super proud of their mom Allison who has completed the AAFP Cat Friendly Ce...
07/03/2021

Hey everyone Cole, Charlotte and Vincent are super proud of their mom Allison who has completed the AAFP Cat Friendly Certification! Congrats Allison!

Hey everyone Cole, Charlotte and Vincent are super proud of their mom Allison who has completed the AAFP Cat Friendly Certification! Congrats Allison!

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07/03/2021

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07/03/2021

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Feline Fun Fact Friday 🐱
More Information 👇
catfriendly.com/obesity

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07/03/2021

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Did you know that when cats roll over and expose their bellies, it can be a sign of trust?

It's #FelineFriday and today we want to see those cat bellies! Post your cat photos in the comments below! One will be picked as our winner on Monday!

You can also read more on this specific behaviour in our advice article: https://bit.ly/3qGszVc

#FelineFriday #Cats #iCatCare

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07/02/2021

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Remember that loud noises can be stressful for pets. Avoid taking your pets to fireworks displays and ensure they have a safe place to hide while inside. You may also want to distract them by playing with them and/or providing background noise such as television or music. Also remember to keep potentially dangerous items such as human food and alcohol out of your pets’ reach. #VetCareEverywhere

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07/02/2021

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Today is National ID Your Pet Day! It's a good day to check that your kitty is decked out in updated identification tags and that microchip information is up to date. What does your kitty's bling look like? #NationalIDYourPetDay

07/02/2021
07/01/2021
07/01/2021

Even though Ottawa will not have its usual fireworks display, some local residents may set off their own backyard fireworks. Cats can find fireworks distressing and scary. Please keep your cat safe this Canada Day!

06/29/2021

Vet Tip Tuesday!!

Fireworks: Awesome for humans, terrifying for animals. Many people enjoy the booming sounds and flashing lights of fireworks, but they can be terrifying and overwhelming for pets⁠—and possibly hazardous.
On Canada Day, many pets become so frightened by the noise and commotion of fireworks that they run from otherwise familiar environments and people, and sadly become lost. With Canada Day celebrations around the corner, we have tips for keeping your pets safe and happy.

1. Keep your pet safely away from fireworks
Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. On Canada Day, and other days people are more likely to set off fireworks, it's best to leave your pet safely indoors, preferably with a radio or TV turned on to soften jarring noises. Even pets who are usually kept outdoors should be brought inside.

2.Safeguard your pet with a collar and ID tag
All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should always wear collars with ID tags. Indoor-only pets can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they may take desperate measures to escape the noise, including breaking through windows or door screens. You should also ensure that your pet is microchipped and that the chip is properly registered with your current contact information.
If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal control and surrounding shelters immediately.
If you find a lost pet, either take them to the address on their tag or bring them to a local animal shelter so they can be reunited with their family.

3. If your pet is scared by fireworks, ask your veterinarian for help
There are medications and techniques that might help alleviate your pet's fear and anxiety.

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06/29/2021

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Did you know, if your cat is not using their litter box they might be actually trying to tell you that they are unhappy with their litter box environment! Here are a couple tips to solve the issue and have them return to their own bathroom🐱 :

Clean your litter box daily. Research has shown that physical obstructions, rather than odor, is the number one reason that cats prefer a clean litter box to a dirty one. Removing waste daily is the most important thing you can do to ensure regular litter box use.

Number of litter boxes. Experts recommend that you have at least as many litter boxes as cats, plus one. This means that if you have 2 cats, you should have 3 litter boxes.

Size of litter box. Research shows that when given a choice, cats choose a larger litter box. They also exhibit more signs of frustration in a smaller litter box. Litter boxes should be at least 1.5 times the length of your cat, from nose to tail base.

To all my wonderful clients,I feel that I need to let all of you know that I will be off for a few months in order to ha...
06/29/2021

To all my wonderful clients,

I feel that I need to let all of you know that I will be off for a few months in order to have and recover from open heart surgery.

I have had a faulty aortic valve and aorta from birth. It has never caused me a moment of trouble as many of you would agree when you see me running around the clinic.

However, my condition has been closely followed by my cardiologist for years, as we knew at some point I would require surgery.

So, I am going to have to take a personal leave from caring for your family feline for the next little while.

One of my daughters said that it had to come to heart surgery in order to slow me down a little bit and she is probably right.

However, I have left you and your cats in absolutely incredibly capable hands.

We have amazing teams at both The Cat Clinic and Village Cat Clinic and I would trust my own cats with any of my colleagues.

Most of them have worked alongside of me for years and all have extensive knowledge, passion, love and understanding of felines and feline medicine and surgery.

Angie, who is a spectacular RVT and our social media guru will keep you up to date on my progress and I am convinced I will be running around the clinics once again in no time.

In the meantime, I have a personal mountain to climb, which I intend to climb effectively, efficiently and successfully.

Many thanks for the wishes and great energy being extended already from those who already know this news – I am deeply touched.

I love feline medicine and I love my patients, but I also love you my clients – you have given me so much over the years.

The gratitude I feel for trusting the care of your family feline to myself and my team is beyond words.

Many thanks to all of you,
Liz

Elizabeth O’Brien DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Managing DVM The Cat Clinic
Managing DVM Village Cat Clinic
Co-Founder Cat Healthy

To all my wonderful clients,

I feel that I need to let all of you know that I will be off for a few months in order to have and recover from open heart surgery.

I have had a faulty aortic valve and aorta from birth. It has never caused me a moment of trouble as many of you would agree when you see me running around the clinic.

However, my condition has been closely followed by my cardiologist for years, as we knew at some point I would require surgery.

So, I am going to have to take a personal leave from caring for your family feline for the next little while.

One of my daughters said that it had to come to heart surgery in order to slow me down a little bit and she is probably right.

However, I have left you and your cats in absolutely incredibly capable hands.

We have amazing teams at both The Cat Clinic and Village Cat Clinic and I would trust my own cats with any of my colleagues.

Most of them have worked alongside of me for years and all have extensive knowledge, passion, love and understanding of felines and feline medicine and surgery.

Angie, who is a spectacular RVT and our social media guru will keep you up to date on my progress and I am convinced I will be running around the clinics once again in no time.

In the meantime, I have a personal mountain to climb, which I intend to climb effectively, efficiently and successfully.

Many thanks for the wishes and great energy being extended already from those who already know this news – I am deeply touched.

I love feline medicine and I love my patients, but I also love you my clients – you have given me so much over the years.

The gratitude I feel for trusting the care of your family feline to myself and my team is beyond words.

Many thanks to all of you,
Liz

Elizabeth O’Brien DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Managing DVM The Cat Clinic
Managing DVM Village Cat Clinic
Co-Founder Cat Healthy

Tuesday Tidbits (previously Thursday Facts & Tips)
06/28/2021

Tuesday Tidbits (previously Thursday Facts & Tips)

Tuesday Tidbit: Think your indoor cat doesn’t need to be dewormed? Think again. Here are a couple startling, eye-opening facts about round worms from the Companion Animal Parasite Council & the Centers for Disease Control that can affect your indoor cats. Cockroaches, mice and flies can all carry roundworm eggs. Many of us have houseplants inside, or garden outdoors and bring a little soil in on our clothing and shoes. 15% of commercial potting soil contains roundworm eggs. These two facts mean even our indoor cats can easily get infected with worms. The good news is both the most popular flea control medications (Revolution and Advantage Multi) also work as a dewormer.

06/28/2021

Twice last week we saw cases where pets were adopted to help another pet and now they fight. This is very stressful for the family because they love both pets, but the fighting is detrimental to the quality of life of everyone in the family. Think hard about whether or not your pet wants a friend. Often, they do not. If you really want a pet, get another one but prepare your current pet and be ready with proper introductions. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. If there is a fight on day one or week one, that can't be undone. Better to prepare and do it right.

06/27/2021

Cats bring happiness

06/27/2021
06/27/2021

DYK: Some common flowers, herbs, vegetable and fruit plants, including azaleas, chives and rhubarb, can be toxic to animals. If you'll be sprucing up the garden this weekend, choose pet-friendly plants or block off areas of your garden to prevent your pet from accessing toxic plants. For a list of potentially poisonous plants, visit ovma.org/pet-owners/basic-pet-care/pet-safety-tips.

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Address

356 Wilson Street East
Ancaster, ON
L9G 2C2

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00
Saturday 08:00 - 12:00

Telephone

905-304-7877

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Owned by one of the few board certified feline veterinary specialists in Ontario, Village Cat Clinic is a fully functioning veterinary hospital in Hamilton, exclusively for feline patients.

Established in 1995, the veterinarians and staff at Village Cat Clinic understand the special bond you share with your cat. We are 100% committed to the most compassionate, high quality feline care. With an extensive experience in veterinary medicine, our dedicated team members keep pace with the latest in feline medicine and surgery. We encourage our clients to be a part of decision making and respect that every cat is an individual. Each cat is treated with the upmost dignity and compassion, as if they were truly our own.

Our hospital is equipped to provide your pet with routine medical care which includes Physical examination, laser therapy, digital radiography, ultrasound, dentistry and surgery as well as many other important services and emergency care should the need arise. Please feel free to visit the services section of our website for a more detailed listing.

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Wonderful Service. Rolls loves it.❤😻. And so do M&M Thanks so much
Big thank you to Dr. Liz❤ Peanut is recovering nicely from boosters and is doing quite well at 2 years plus 🙂
A tribute to Clawed Monet who had to be put down recently at The Village Cat Clinic. We think Monet would have liked the tribute and want other cat owners to take a few minutes to read it. Thanks to The Vets at The Village Cat Clinic for doing what they could for our little guy.
The latest Breaking Cat News storyline is about Beatrix, the polydactyl kitten going to the vet -- I'm sure other folks here will love this comic as much as I do. ^_^
Dr. LIZ Mickey at his best . He loves to visit you 😻
Big thank you to Dr. Liz for our yearly checkup. All fears alleviated - Peanut is doing well ❤
Hello! I saw a mom and two kittens with no collars in Ancaster. A neighbor confirmed that they are strays. I called the SPCA and Hamilton animal rescue, and no one can help them. Is anyone able to help these cats? :( They are living on the path that connects lloymin and chatterson drive in ancaster (close to Somerset park). I live in Toronto but saw them when visiting relatives.
Our cat recently swallowed a needle and thread. We called all over looking for someone to help. Saturday he was examined in Brantford at the emergency clinic, but they found nothing. Monday he was in crisis, we took him to Shellards in Brantford. Money is tight right now ,we just put our 16 yr old dog down 2 weeks ago, plus the cost of the emergency visit hit us hard. Shelkards wouldnt even look at Winston even though he was in trouble. They said we needed to surrender him because we couldn't take care of him. Devastated, we walked around and found Vilkage Cat Clinic. They were amazing! They understood our situation and worked with us and removed the needle. Thanks to them today we have our boy back, snuggling, playing drinking and eating. Although we live in Stratford we are considering going to them for future check ups and care.
Just picked up my baby today from boarding. I always bring him here, they take such good care of him. His present from mommy that he got from Portugal😁 Thanks to the wonderful people at the Village Cat Clinic💜🐈
The gabbapentin you prescribed Pacman for his arthritis is working too well... he now jumps up on the kitchen counter!!!! 🤣🤣 Seriously tho... your team is the best!