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.
Overweight dogs make up about half of the dog population in North America. Being overweight or obese places the animals’ bodies into a constant state of inflammation and can put them at higher risk for developing diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory illness, and kidney failure. The good news is, it is reversible. With increased activity and being fed the number of calories needed for their weight and size, dogs can lose weight and live a healthy life. Our staff provide complimentary nutritional assessments upon request and with every exam.
For most breeds when you are looking at them from above, their body should have almost an hourglass shape or visible waist. If an hourglass shape or waist is not present or if you can see their belly from above, they may need to start on a weight loss feeding plan. You could also try running your fingers over their rib cage (great for breeds with thicker fur where looking for the visible waist may not work), a good rule of thumb is you should be able to feel between their ribs with minimal effort. If you need to apply pressure to feel their ribs they are likely overweight.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
All breeds can become overweight or obese. However, some breeds can be genetically susceptible to obesity, as well as at higher risk of secondary complications if they become obese. Chihuahua, Pug, Dachshund, Shih Zhu, Shetland Sheepdogs, and some Retrievers may need a stricter calorie intake. Small dogs may not be getting enough physical activity. With larger dogs, it can be due to them being more motivated by food or eating table scraps in addition to their regular food.
Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?
We will individualize your dog’s calorie intake, food & treat amounts and thereby take all of the guesswork out of it for you. Weight loss is crucial to improving an obese pet’s quality and quantity of life.
If you need to give your dog medication, learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pup. Remember to always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your vet.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, Lyme testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of July 6th, we are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital (with the exception of euthanasias where we can accommodate 2 clients if needed). When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own, we request you step into a disinfectant shoe tray before proceeding into the exam room. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then 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 - Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!