Weight Management for Pets

During your pet’s annual (or semi-annual) physical exam, we look for weight fluctuations or extra fat in certain parts of their body. There’s no body shaming here but there is an ideal weight your pet should be to ensure their best health. A visit to our clinic allows us to survey your pet’s size and recommend techniques that will keep them stay in good shape. Sometimes it’s hard for pet owners to tell if their furry friend is not a healthy size but that’s what our expert veterinarians are for. To learn about your pet’s optimal weight call us at 780.444.1324.

How can weight management consultations help my pet?

Excessive weight gain can lead to obesity and diabetes, which can greatly impede their quality of life. If they have pre-existing conditions, like arthritis, extra weight can cause them further deterioration and pain. Our veterinarians can provide reduction plans and nutritional consultations that will help them lose weight while consuming the right nutrients. Being overweight can significantly decrease your pet’s life expectancy and increase their chances of developing a heart disease. It’s important to remember that getting your pet in shape is a group effort. We’re happy to guide your family in the right direction but it will take some self-discipline to commit.

What can I do to help my pet lose weight at home?

As the pet parent you will have to establish some new routines to help your pet lose weight. Introducing them to new food, eating habits or physical activities should be done gradually. If their diet is changing, they will usually need behaviour training to curb their habits. You must be firm. If you have an automatic feeder, use it to your advantage by setting a timer. When it comes to exercise, increase the length of your walks each week. Respect your pet’s limitations but push them a bit further each time. You can also use this as a bonding opportunity to play more physically demanding activities with them. Taking an active interest in their progress includes regular visits to the clinic. Monitoring their weight loss journey lets us know what’s working and how else we can help.

Date: Sept 17, 2021

Dear valued clients,

As you are aware, our region is seeing increased cases of COVID-19, and as a result more stringent pandemic response measures have been put in place by our government.

To ensure that we follow these new controls, our veterinary practice is returning to limited clinic access as well as drop off appointments with communications being over the phone or through a protective shield.

The details of this protocol are outlined below:

1. Clients are allowed only in the reception area, limited to 3 clients in at once, and 1 client in our cubicle. No clients will be allowed in the exam rooms with their pet at this time unless under special circumstances.

2. Pets MUST be in a carrier or in a proper fitting harness and leash. Aggressive dogs must arrived with a proper fitting muzzle. If you do not have any of these please ask for them.

3. You must remain in your vehicle, or at least 6 feet away from our doors, while we treat your pet unless instructed otherwise.

4. You must have a phone with you at your appointment so that we can contact you about your pet. If we cannot contact you and obtain consent to treat your pet, your appointment will be delayed, which will delay others.

5. Unfortunately, only 1 person will be allowed in the exam room for attended euthanasias.

6. Please allow up to 72 hours for your medications to be refilled, as well as messages to be returned by your veterinarian.

7. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, we won't know that until you come to the front desk to inform us. It is standard that our staff members ask everyone to wear a mask. Please do not be offended by this. We will find another way to accommodate you and your pet.

Our number one priority is client and staff safety while your pet continues to receive the care they deserve.

With this system, we hope to provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members.

With that in mind we thank you for your kindness and patience with us in advance as these circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as new information is released. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team.

Together we can all help stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 780-444-1324.

Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you might experience when reaching out to us.

- The Team at Parkwest Pet Clinic.