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.


Overweight Dog Help

Obesity is the condition that occurs when animals carry excess unnecessary body weight in the form of fat. Fat stores are increased when energy (calories) consumed, exceeds expended energy. This can be caused by a sedentary lifestyle, hormonal changes as a result of neutering, changes in energy requirements as a pet ages, inappropriate nutrition and the feeding of excess treats! The good news is that obesity is a condition we can treat, as long as the pet’s nutritional needs are assessed by a veterinarian and a proper weight loss plan is put into place and carefully followed. Other than excess food intake, there are some medical conditions that will cause your pet to gain weight without being overfed. They include hypothyroidism, hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s disease), and other glandular problems. However, these are less common causes of obesity and by far the greatest contributor to weight gain is overfeeding.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

On a scale from 1-9 (9 being extremely obese and 1 being emaciated), a pet should be a 4-5/9. At this body condition, the ribs are easily palpable, with minimal fat covering. From an above view of your pet, you should see their waist and from the side, the abdomen should tuck up.

Do some breeds prone to obesity?

Yes. The Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, Golden Retriever, Beagle and Basset Hound all have a genetic predisposition to become obese. These animals often require fewer calories than others to maintain a healthy body weight. If your pet is one who does not consume a lot of food and yet your veterinarian is telling you they need to lose weight, this just means that they have a very efficient metabolism and simply requires less food per day to maintain a healthy body weight. 

Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at the clinic?

Firstly, it is important to determine whether your pet is overweight from overfeeding, or from a medical condition that needs treating. If the obesity is caused by overfeeding, your pet’s health care team will determine the appropriate amount of calories they should be getting per day and the rate at which the weight should be lost. It is unsafe to lose weight too quickly, and so it is important to follow your veterinarian’s weight loss plan to achieve a healthy body weight efficiently and safely.


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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.

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 416-752-5114. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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.

- Your dedicated team at McLean Animal Hospital