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.
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.
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.
As your pet gets older, they need to get regular check-ups with your vet to make sure they are fit and healthy. Senior pets are more likely to have health issues, and monitoring with routine check-ups and bloodwork is a perfect way of keeping ahead of any illness.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 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
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. 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 & 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!