Overweight Dog Help

Is your dog looking a little more round than they used to? Does your dog get tired after a short burst of exercise? If so, it’s possible that your dog is overweight. Just as we are seeing in humans, obesity in dogs is on the rise and it predisposes your family member to lots of diseases.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

A dog is considered to be overweight when they have developed fat pads over their spine and ribs and they lose their abdominal tuck – this is also known as being “over conditioned”. We use body condition scoring as a way of identifying whether a dog is overweight – a score over 3 means they are too heavy.


Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Breeds with long backs and short legs such as Dachshunds and Corgis are predisposed to obesity due to poor conformation. Other breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers, are predisposed because they are highly food motivated and tend to receive a lot of extra snacks.

Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the clinic?

Just like in humans, carrying extra weight puts a lot of additional strain on your dog’s internal organs and joints. This will lead to an increased likelihood of developing medical conditions such as Osteoarthritis and Diabetes Mellitus.
Weight loss is challenging, so let your vet help you create a plan that best suits your dog’s needs so they can live a more active and pain free life! Together, we can create a plan that ensures your dog loses the weight in a safe manner and you learn ways to prevent your dog from becoming overweight again.


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Last updated: December 16, 2020

Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Seneca Animal Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of August 14, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit for urgent, new puppy/kitten, or euthanasia appointments.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 416.494.1109 upon your arrival.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Use hand santizing station upon entry.
  • 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".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, 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.

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


    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.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 Seneca Animal Clinic