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Weight Management for Pets

People often associate the amount of love you have for a person or thing with the amount of food you give them. A huge percentage of pets suffer from obesity. As your pet’s guardian, you are responsible for the types of food they consume. Our veterinary care team can recommend special foods for your pet as well as the amounts they need for their growth and development. Together, we can keep your pet at a healthy weight and in turn improve their quality of life.

How does obesity affect my pet?

Overweight pets are more likely to develop health conditions. Because their bodies are storing excess fat, it becomes difficult for them to go about their regular way of life. Their vital organs can struggle to function. Common health conditions in overweight pets include high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, cancer and heart problems.

Is it OK to give my pet human food?

We discourage feeding your pets foods not specifically made for them. Your pet has different nutritional needs and may not be able to break down the nutrients in human foods. If you do decide to give your pets a bite of your food you should completely avoid feeding them chocolate, candy, coffee, tea, apple seeds, or alcohol, among other things, as they can be deadly. If you think your pet has consumed any of these foods or ingredients, reach out to us immediately at 506.858.9900.

My pet is overweight, how can I help control their weight?

Once a veterinarian has examined your pet and determined they are overweight for their age or breed there are various steps that you can take. Our team will develop a weight loss program. To get your pet to a healthy weight we may recommend:

1. Exercise. Frequent play times allows your pet to burn calories and get to a healthy weight.
2. Diet or special nutrition. We may recommend a smaller portion that has the right amount of nutrients your pet needs. Our hospital carries special treats and foods for cats and dogs. Our veterinarians can also recommend foods rich in proteins, fibre and other nutrients.
3. Schedule meal times. This allows your pet to get accustomed to eating at certain times as opposed to when they are bored. We do not advise pet owners to leave out food as this encourages overeating.

Last updated: August 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

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. Based on the current provincial 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

  • We ask that you continue to wear a mask when entering our hospital. To maintain social distancing, we are currently only allowing one person per exam room during appointments, with certain exceptions.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication.
  • 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 are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday: 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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!

    - The team at Elmwood Veterinary Hospital