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.
Canine obesity is a real problem in today’s society – it has reached epidemic proportions and is causing significant health concerns in our companion animals. It is essential for a dog owner to recognize the signs of weight gain and obesity and be prepared to take action to get it under control. This is an area where we at the clinic level can help. Monitoring weight is part of the annual visit, but you can also bring your dog to the clinic at any time to have a weigh in (just like weight watchers). If you have concerns, we are available to discuss options to help you keep your dog at a healthy weight.
Obesity related health problems are authentic and can include the following:
Reduced life expectancy
Greater risk of heat stroke
Ruptured crucial ligaments
Difficulty managing osteoarthritis
How do you know your dog is overweight?
Routine weight checkups are one way to keep an eye on your dog’s potential weight gain. A charting method is known as Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is also used to monitor weight closely. There are two scoring methods, one is using a score between 1 and 5 or 1 and 9 depending upon the charting system being used. On both charts, the idea is the same:
1 = an overly thin dog
5 or 9 = morbidly obese
3 or 5 is ideal weight
BCS is charted into your dog’s medical history along with their weight – this allows us to monitor weight loss or gains accurately.
Why is weight loss and nutritional counselling a good idea?
A weight loss and nutrition consultation are designed to target your dog’s individual needs. The consultation consists of a weight check, Body Condition Score (BCS) findings and discussions on how diet and exercise play a part in keeping your dog at a healthy weight. We can arrange a consultation to discuss your concerns and help you get your dog’s waistline under control.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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
We are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital. 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. 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. You will be connected to an on-call veterinarian that may be located at a different hospital.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 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!