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.
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.
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.
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.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, 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. OPERATING HOURS
We continue to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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!
- Your dedicated team at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital