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.
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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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 416-752-5114. 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. Cash will not be accepted at this time.
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm - Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!