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Overweight Dog Help

Many dogs are now looked at as “normal” when they are overweight. We need to be cautious of this false body perception that a bit overweight is okay. In fact, a few extra pounds can cause a number of different health problems.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?


There are many breeds and body types. We use a body condition scanner to determine if your pet is overweight. You should be able to feel the ribs and backbone without pushing through a layer of fat.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?


Any breed can become obese.

Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?


Our veterinarians can determine if any health issues are contributing to your pet’s weight gain. Our team can also provide you with weight loss counselling, a tailored diet and monitoring.

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Last updated: August 3, 2021

Dear Clients,

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

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

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital