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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm Wednesday: 8 am - 7 pm Friday: 8 am - 4 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!