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.

Dog Weight Management Services

Overweight Dog Help

Just like us, our pets are prone to becoming overweight. There are many factors involved that can lead to this. Weight plays an important role in several diseases as well including diabetes and arthritis and has the potential to shorten the lives of our beloved pets. We should also consider the body condition score when determining if an animal is overweight, not just the number on the scale.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

We use the scale number with the body condition score to determine if a dog is overweight. Normal body condition score, from a distance, can see the abdomen tucks upwards. From above, your pet should have an hourglass shape. By touch you should be able to feel the very tops of the spine (usually 3-4 bumps), find the hips easily (but not see them), and fell the ribs with a gentle but firm brush against them (not see them at rest). Overweight dogs lose the abdominal tuck and hourglass shape, and it becomes more and more difficult to feel the spine, hips, and ribs with increasing fat coverage.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

All breeds have the potential to become overweight. However, the breeds most common to see overweight are all types of bulldogs, Labrador and golden retrievers, miniature poodles, miniature schnauzers.

Why should my dog have weight loss consultation at the clinic?

We can help you to identify where the extra calories are coming from, recommend the best foods for weight loss or control, and help set up a safe diet plan that will allow for healthy weight loss.


2018 Readers' Choice Awards Winner!

We are so happy to announce that we have won the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award in Mississauga in the category of Best Veterinary Hospitals! This award is very special to us as the voting is done by the community and our clients. We would like to thank every person who took the time to vote, or even took the time to share your experience with someone else.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 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 905-855-2100. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. 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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. At this time, we are limiting food purchases to 2 bags or 2 cases per client. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

5. 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 disease.

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 Clarkson Village Animal Hospital