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Breed of the Month: Manx

The Manx originated in the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. The Manx does not have much of a tail due to a genetic mutation. This genetic mutation, combined with a small population led to inbreeding. Manx kittens can be born with or without a tail; however, those born from parents who both carry the tailless gene often die before birth. The Manx was one of the original show cats and one of the founding breeds of the Cat Fancier’s Association (CFA). Manx come in a variety of colours and also come in longhair and shorthaired varieties. The Manx is very intelligent and playful and is great at jumping.

Weight:

  • Male: 8-12 lbs.
  • Female: 8-12 lbs.

Features:

  • Long back legs
  • Short tail
  • Round rump
  • Variety of shades and patterns: white, black, tortoiseshell, brown, tabby
  • Stocky/heavy-boned
  • Solid large jowls

Expectations:

  • Tendency to vocalize: Moderate
  • Affection Level: High
  • Child-friendly: High
  • Dog-friendly: High
  • Energy level: High
  • Grooming: Moderate/High
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Health issues: Moderate
  • Intelligence: High
  • Average Lifespan: 9-13 years

Common Health Problems:

  • Spina bifida
  • Incontinence
  •  “Hoppy” gait
  • Hind leg paralysis
  • Malformed pelvic bones
  • Arthritic tails

Written by: West Hill Animal Clinic

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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 to Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at West Hill Animal Clinic