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Weight Management for Pets

When your pet comes in for their veterinary exam, checking their weight is a part of the routine. We do this to ensure they are at their optimal weight. Many owners cannot tell when their pet is overweight – and we don’t blame them! Healthy weight ranges vary significantly from one breed to the next. During our weight management consultations, we will figure out the source of your pet’s weight gain. The reasons could vary from lack of exercise to the existence of an underlying medical condition, such as Cushing’s disease. If your pet has an illness, that will be our first concern. Once we’ve treated them, we can create a weight loss plan and power walk them (among other techniques) into a long and healthy life. To learn if your pet is overweight, book an appointment with us by calling 905.597.7373.

Why does my pet have to lose weight?

Every cat and dog breed has their own ideal weight. When they are overweight they run the risk of developing long term medical conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure and heart disease. It’s important that pet owners become familiar with their pet’s standard weight and monitor it. You can learn this by asking your pet’s doctor. If you notice your pet is consistently over or underweight (not just for one day), that may indicate a lack of physical activity or an illness. We suggest you bring your pet in for an appointment to address these concerns with a veterinarian.

What services do you provide that helps my pet lose weight?

To help your pet lose weight our veterinarians will create a customized weight reduction plan to get them in shape. This plan includes exercise routines, feeding schedules, calorie counts and a dietary consultation. This will be a difficult transition for your pet and require a lot of discipline for the owners too. Every few months we will follow up with our furry client to track their progress and adjust their weight loss plan accordingly.

What can I do at home to help them stay at their ideal size?

The best you can do is provide positive reinforcement for your pet and commit to the weight loss plan we’ve designed for them. Overweight pets are resistant to physical activity, so pet owners will have to work extra hard to get them engaged. It helps to play their favourite games or take them to areas where they will have to move, like in the water or at the park. You will also need to reduce their treats. Every pet has their own weight reduction plan but it’s generally recommended that treats be 10% of their daily consumption.

Last updated: October 18, 2021

*NEW CLIENTS AND NEW PATIENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!*

The time has come to begin our reopening process! We cannot believe it has been over a year since we’ve had you all in the clinic but we are excited and eager to welcome you back. Please read carefully below for our updated policies and protocols.

SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Effective October 20, 2021, we will be allowing vaccinated clients in the clinic for doctors’ appointments only. Technician appointments and medication/food pick up will continue to be curbside to control the amount of people in the clinic at any given time.
  • We will be allowing one client to accompany their pet in the appointment. Because we will only be allowing one client in at a time, we will not be able to permit children to accompany their parents. There is a strict one-client rule due to the size of our examination rooms.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, please give the clinic a call at 905-597-7373. A Client Care Representative will either let you know the technician is ready to meet you at the door or will retrieve a phone number if we are not quite ready yet.
  • A technician will meet you at the front door. Please have your vaccine passport/identification ready at this time. The technician will also ask you a few COVID-19 Screening questions before guiding you into the clinic.
  • Face masks are still required to enter the hospital and must be worn properly at all times within the clinic and when interacting with our team members outside.
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entry.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • FOOD AND PRESCRIPTION ORDERS

    We appreciate advance notice for food and prescription refills. Please call 905.597.7373 upon arrival at the FRONT DOOR and a receptionist will be out with your order right away. For faster service, we suggest ordering pet supplies and food through our online store. Delivery is free with purchases over $100.00. It's easy! Just click ONLINE STORE on our website to sign up.

    HOURS OF OPERATION:

    Monday and Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
    Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm
    Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Green Lane Animal Hospital