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Free Puppy or Kitten Kits from Fisher Glen Animal Hospital

Have you recently decided to bring home a new puppy or kitten? Then this post is for you! First of all, we would just like to say we are so pleased to have your new puppy or kitten as a patient. Welcome to Fisher Glen Animal Hospital, and never hesitate to Contact Us if you have any questions at all. We are always more than happy to help!

Everything You Need To Know When Bringing Home a New Puppy or Kitten

There is a lot to know when you are bringing a new puppy or kitten into your family. That’s why we have developed our Puppy and Kitten Kits, to help guide you as you learn the ropes for giving your puppy or kitten a happy and healthy home. It covers everything from the basics of getting started, to important health concerns, to tips and care guides. In the past these kits were included in a care package given to clients who brought their new puppy or kitten into the clinic. However, with the pandemic still ongoing, we have decided to give them away online, totally free!

We suggest reading through the kits in their entirety now, and also saving them or bookmarking this page to use as reference material later on. We hope that you will find the kits to be both helpful and informative.

Download your free Puppy Kit or Kitten Kit today!

Not Adopting a New Puppy or Kitten?

That’s okay – we have something for your too! Check out our adult pet care kit. Or for those with an older pet, click to download our new senior pet kit! And as always, if you have any questions feel free to Contact Us today!

The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving. Because of this, please watch our COVID-19 updates space for all the latest news on clinic policies and services. And to view the latest COVID-19 updates here in Ottawa, visit the Ottawa Public Health Website. You can also check out our Veterinary Services section to learn more about everything we do here at Fisher Glen. And as always if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment with Fisher Glen Animal Hospital, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us Today!


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Is It Time For A Cat Checkup?

Unfortunately our feline friends sometimes get a bum deal when it comes to veterinary care. Many owners find it stressful to wrassle them into the carrier with gardening gloves on, listen to them howl the entire care ride, and then try to cause bodily harm to their doctor (well, not all of them!). And besides, they seem so healthy. . . So how do you know if it’s time for a cat checkup?

Bring Us Your Cats!

Well let’s clear up some misconceptions. First of all, cats need and deserve medical care just as much as dogs do. Furthermore, cats are very, very good at hiding illness from others. Consequently, many pet owners fail to notice symptoms of illness until problems become very advanced. The importance of getting a cat checkup and/or an annual wellness screening truly can not be overstated.

Even if they do not leave the house they should be vaccinated. Cats can contract/develop numerous parasitic and other illnesses even in the relative safety of your home. For example, many cats wander around for years with painful lesions on their teeth, and many cats nowadays are obese, leading to type II diabetes.

We know that you love your cats. You want to keep them purring and chasing mice and sitting on your laptop while you’re trying to work for many years to come. Show them that you love them by providing them with health care that will allow them to be happy and healthy for a long full life. We can even give you some tips to make the trip less stressful too!

Contact Us if you have any questions, or you’d like to book an appointment with us today!


Fat Cats and Dogs – What Shape Is Your Pet?

When it comes to fat cats and dogs, did you know an estimated 50% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese? And those numbers are only increasing. We are killing our pets when it comes to generosity with food. Most dogs and cats are getting larger for the same reason people are: too much food and not enough exercise. Furthermore, when it comes to cats and dogs even a little extra weight can be large problem.

Overweight pets have a lot of the same problems overweight people do. They are prone to diabetes, joint, ligament and tendon difficulties, and breathing and heart challenges. Overweight cats can even develop skin problems from not being able to groom themselves properly. When your pet is obese their comfort and longevity of life are compromised.

How do you know if your pet is overweight?

Healthy pets have a little padding, but when it comes to cats and dogs, a little is plenty. When you rub your hands over the ribs of your pet the skin should move easily back and forth, and you should be able to feel the ribs. Your pet should have an “hour glass” shape to them, and at the bottom of their rib cage their “waist” should be defined.

What You Can Do

You can help your little fat cats and overweight dogs get back in shape. It’s not as difficult for pets to slim down as it is for their human counterparts. They can’t open refrigerators, grab the car keys to run out for fast food or use a phone to call in for pizza. What and how much pets eat is completely dependent on what is fed to them. And while we may groan at the idea of getting off that comfy couch to exercise, pets however are always willing and ready for a walk, game of fetch, or some play with a toy on a string. Pets love physical activity, especially if their owners are involved.

Once your veterinarian has determined that your pet has no underlying health conditions that could make exercise dangerous, take time out of your schedule to walk your dog or play with your cat daily. Whatever diet you and your veterinarian choose, persevere and stick to it. Do not express your love for your pet with food. If you must, substitute mini rice cakes and small carrot sticks for the occasional dog treat.

It may be difficult in the beginning, but don’t give in. Your pet will live a happier and longer life if they are not obese. For more information on canine and feline obesity, check out! or Contact Us.