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.
It is estimated that 60% of pets in Canada are obese, or overweight. It seems fitting since obesity in humans is rising dramatically as well. Many of us are feeding our dogs too much food, and not giving them enough exercise to burn off all those calories. Carrying around all the extra weight causes serious health risks: arthritis, high blood pressure, breathing problems, and diabetes just to name a few. Dogs who are overweight are in a constant state of inflammation and have greater tendencies towards all kinds of illnesses. Studies have also been done, showing that an obese dog has a shorter lifespan of up to about 2 years.
Dogs are considered overweight when their body condition score is greater than 5/9. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so it is important not to just focus on numbers when it comes to weight. Body condition scores (BCS) allow us to assess each dog individually to determine if they are a good weight or not. A dog with an ideal BCS has ribs that are easily palpated, a visible waist behind the ribs, and an abdominal tuck when viewed from the side. A veterinary professional can help to assess your dog’s weight.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Every breed of dog can be overweight if fed too much and not exercised enough. Having said that, some dogs are more food motivated than others and will beg for more food than is given, resulting in their owner giving in to their wants.
Why should you have a weight loss & management consultation at our clinic?
Often, we don’t perceive how much weight our dog is gaining. It’s a gradual occurrence that creeps up and isn’t so obvious when we see our dog every day. Having a weight loss and management consultation provides you with the knowledge and tools you need get your pet to a healthy weight, and keep it there.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective Monday, July 13, 2020 we have made 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 in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780.458.3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, if you choose to, we will then allow 1 family member with a mask per appointment in the clinic. Once inside you will be directed to an exam room. We have put special measures in place to keep you, your pets and our staff safe.
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: 9:00 am - 5:00 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!
Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital