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.
Reports indicate that between 30% and 60% of all dogs are overweight, so it is essential we keep our pets happy and healthy. One of the most serious findings in obesity studies that have been proven to be related to being overweight in both humans and dogs is a reduced lifespan! Being overweight can cause some severe problems for your dog. Keeping your dog trim and in shape can mean fewer vet visits and an overall improvement in the quality of life. Overweight dogs may become more irritable due to being hot, in pain or just uncomfortable.
Veterinarians often use a 9-point scoring chart to evaluate the body condition of dogs. A point value of 1 means the dog is skinny to the point of emaciation, whereas a score of 9 means the dog is grossly overweight/obese. 4/9 or 5/9 is usually ideal bodyweight. Most owners do not realize their dogs are overweight, which is bad news for the health of many dogs. Examine your dog’s ribs! Gently press down on your dog’s rib cage. For an ideal BCS, you should feel a thin layer of fat covering the ribs, allowing you to feel and see the ribs without much trouble. If you feel a thick layer of fat and have to press down hard to feel the ribs, then your dog is likely overweight or obese. Check for a visible waistline and also look for a tuck up in the abdomen area.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Certain breeds are more predisposed to weight gain and need to be monitored more closely. These include Labrador Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Beagles to name a few. However, any breed or crossbreed may have a tendency to gain weight given the opportunity.
Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the clinic?
A weight loss program designed by a veterinarian for a dog’s individual needs is the ideal approach to weight loss for your pet. Typically, this weight loss is achieved by a diet and exercise plan. Feeding dogs smaller meals often help them burn calories more efficiently. We will evaluate your dog’s BCS and determine how many calories he/she needs daily, to achieve a slow, steady weight loss. Many of our Veterinary labelled weight loss diets, come recommended after many studies have been performed, with excellent results. You will be given all the tools you need to help Fido become a lean, fit, healthy dog again.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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. 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:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 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!
- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic