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.

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Overweight Dog Help

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.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?


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.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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.

Last updated: Monday, May 25, 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 403-278-3168. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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.

- Your dedicated team at Acadia Drive Animal Clinic