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 most common medical issues we see in dogs is obesity. Many people don’t recognize it as a medical problem as it has been so common to see an overweight dog. Just like in people, carrying too much weight can predispose you to many other health issues like joint problems, diabetes, heart disease and even skin irritations, just to name a few.
The ideal weight of your dog is just a number. More importantly, it is how your dog looks and feels. You should be able to feel the ribs with just a bit of pressure but not be able to see them. If you have to push in to feel the ribs, your dog is probably overweight. We should also see a nice tuck in at the waist behind the last rib giving an hourglass figure!
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Many breeds are prone to obesity, too many to be listed here! It is much easier to prevent your dog from getting overweight than it is to get the weight off. Dogs that are fed regular meals are less likely to be overweight than those free fed. Also, treats and extras should provide no more than 20% of your dog’s calories. After your pet is spayed or neutered, their metabolism can slow down by as much as 20% which may require you feeding your dog less food. Feeding guidelines on most pet foods estimate the amount needed to feed an unneutered male dog. If you have, for example, a spayed female dog, she may need considerably less food to maintain a healthy weight.
Why should there be a weight consultation at the clinic?
As mentioned above, we see a lot of secondary health issues related to obesity. Maintaining a healthy weight can prevent those issues from developing. Studies have proven that dogs that maintain a healthy weight can live longer (up to three years in one study!) than dogs that are overweight. We all want our pets to live as long as possible. In addition, your dog will have more energy and feel better! We can offer several tips and tricks to help with weight loss. Obviously, diet is a large component, however, exercise is very important as well. We may be able to help you recognize areas where you can be doing a little more to help with weight loss. We use a special program to calculate the ideal weight of your dog based on 4 different body measurements. We find this gives us a more accurate indication of how much your dog should actually weigh and makes the weight loss program even more successful.
In April of 2018, I lost my best friend, Becky. She was my 13-year-old beagle I had loved since I was 8 years old. She was my whole world, and when she passed away, my heart was empty for a long time. I never thought I’d have another dog again.
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
Starting September 14, 2020, we will be allowing up to 3 clients in the building at a time. We ask that our clients wear a mask when entering the clinic. We will continue our "locked door" 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 then ask if you are comfortable coming into the clinic (1 person per patient) as well as perform COVID screening questions. If you are comfortable coming into the clinic, a staff member will meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for the examination. If you are not comfortable coming into the clinic, the technician will phone you to take the history needed for your appointment and 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. NEW PET OWNERS
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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:
Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!