519.426.0111

Weight Management for Pets

Like with us people, maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the best ways to keep your pet healthy throughout their life. Because of the countless breeds and types of pets out there, it can be difficult to determine the exact weight or body measurements ideal for your pet. That being said, our veterinarians and RVTs are here to help you make the best nutritional decisions for your pet. During a full-body exam, we can make recommendations for health screening tests to rule out a medical issue that may be associated with your pet’s weight gain or weight loss. Please call us at 519.426.0111 to learn more about how we can help manage your pet’s weight.

When is a dog or a cat considered to be overweight?

It’s really quite difficult to come up with an ideal weight for each individual pet. The best way to know if your pet is at a healthy weight is to consult with our veterinary team. It’s best to stay away from misleading advice from the internet, your friends and even from your own visual assessment. For example, with some dog breeds such as greyhounds, it is normal for their ribs to stick out from under their skin. They may look malnourished, but this is in fact quite normal for their breed.

Is being overweight or obese bad for my pet?

Absolutely. When your pet is overweight or obese, they are at a greater risk of developing arthritis, diabetes and lower urinary tract disease. On the other hand, the situation may be flipped in that underlying medical issues could be contributing to an animal being over or underweight.

How can I help my overweight or obese pet lose weight?

Our team will recommend the specifics of a complete and balanced diet that will help your pet meet their nutritional needs, while maintaining a healthy body weight. You can also make sure your pet gets more exercise throughout their day. Be mindful though of your pet’s specific condition. If your pet is older, opt for activities that put less strain on their joints such as swimming and light walking.

Last updated: September 8, 2021

Dear Clients,

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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Our "closed waiting room" policyis ending and we have started to open our doors with some restrictions. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 519-426-0111. If you do not have a cell phone, we have placed a doorbell at Door #1 for you convenience. We will alert you when we are ready for your appointment. We are allowing one client to accompany their pet into the examination room. For the safety of our clients and our team, we have barriers in place for you to remain behind during your pet’s appointment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards or e-Transfer as the preferred payment methods.
  • We are now offering food and medication pick-up inside of the clinic by appointment only. Once you arrive, remain outside of the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 519-426-0111 or if you do not have a cell phone, ring the doorbell at door #1. It is still recommended that client’s place their order through our online store. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store"
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday and Sunday: Closed

    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.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Simcoe Animal Hospital