We remain open to provide urgent care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Obesity is an epidemic in the pet population. Unfortunately, because it is so common, most people assume that overweight dogs are in good body condition and that is how dogs should look. Not only do the added pounds put extra stress on the dog’s joints and back, it also predisposes the dog to develop serious illnesses, such as Diabetes, respiratory illness, liver and heart disease.
Veterinarians use a grading system to assess the body condition of dogs. The grading system ranges from 1 to 5, with 3 being the ideal score. A dog who receives a score of less than 3 is considered underweight and a score greater than 3 is considered to be overweight. A dog with a good body condition score should have a well-defined waist when observing the dog from above and a tuck in the abdominal area when looking from the side. You should be able to feel your dog’s ribs with ease without having to push in when running your hands along the dog’s side. The hips and backbones easy to feel without actually seeing them stick out.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Some breeds are more active than other breeds (i.e. Springer Spaniels vs. Bulldogs) but any dog can become overweight if the amount calories they eat in a day is too much for the amount of energy they expend. Some breeds would prefer to snooze all day, but it is up to the owners to ensure that their dogs exercise regularly and avoid overfeeding the dog.
Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at the clinic?
All dog owners should discuss how to maintain a healthy weight in their pets. We can show you how to assess your dog’s body condition and offer tips to prevent obesity. If your dog is overweight, our clinic staff can help you formulate a plan to ensure that your dog loses weight safely and in a timely manner.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.
2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.