We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416.423.3042. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, & closed Saturday to Sunday
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.