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.
The saying ‘killing with kindness’ is not without truth. Overweight pets are at risk for diabetes, joint disease, skin issues – problems at best are annoying and at worse life-threatening. The easiest way to prevent weight-related health issues is to avoid obesity. Measure food as instructed by the package. Limit treats. Use your annual physical exam as an opportunity for the veterinarian to review weight management and provide a nutritional consultation.
In general, any animal with an elevated body condition score would be considered overweight. Hill’s pet nutrition has developed a more objective metabolic measurement system that uses skeletal size in its calculations. Our staff and veterinarians would be happy to see your dog and provide an opinion on weight.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Some breeds may be ‘big boned’ but there is no reason for any breed to have layers of fat on their body. There is some recent research suggests that there may be some gene deletions that affect weight, but no direct causal association has been established. The old rules of calorie intake versus output still apply.
Why should my dog have weight loss consultation at the clinic?
Weight loss consults should be an opportunity for monitoring your dog’s weight loss program and adjust based on response and your feedback. Our staff can review methods of feeding that may enrich your pet’s life, as well as reduce weight. We also have access to a number of nutritionists for input on a diet if struggling to succeed.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 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 us. 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.
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: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 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!