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.
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.
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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" 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, 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.
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.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.
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 and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.
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 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital