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.
One of the biggest problems we have in veterinarian medicine is obesity. Many people show their love for their dogs with food and treats, not realizing they are in fact setting their dogs up for serious health problems and pain. The number of calories your dog’s ingest are determined only by you, and thus it is your responsibility to ensure they maintain an optimal weight, so they can enjoy their lives to the fullest.
Veterinarians use body condition score (BCS) criteria to classify each pet. Some of the criteria include being able to feel the ribs, but not see them, pinching in at the waist and tucking up under the belly. It is not just the BCS that is relevant to your veterinary team, the muscle condition score (MSC) is something else we measure to evaluate the health of your pets. It is crucial to maintaining good muscling, especially when losing weight.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Absolutely! Many breeds seem to be prone to obesity. Some owners are surprised when we tell them their pets are overweight because their pets look like all the other pets of that breed. Obesity should not become a new breed standard, but in some cases, it is coming close. Some breeds that are especially at risk are Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Newfoundlands, Cocker Spaniels, Pugs, and Bichons, to name a few.
Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at a clinic?
It is so important to address obesity as a health concern. Obesity can lead to many problems including diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, decreased liver function, breathing problems, exercise intolerance, heat intolerance, increased anaesthetic risks, damage to joints, bones and ligaments. The take-home message is; obesity decreases your pet’s quality and length of life. This is why weight management and prevention of obesity is something we are firmly promoting.
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. 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 to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!