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An Exercise in Weight Loss

Every day at work, we talk to people about overweight pets. The latest data states that 56% of dogs and 60% of cats are overweight. It is significant because of all the health problems that arise from obesity. Some examples of diseases caused by being overweight are diabetes, arthritis, and increased inflammation. These could to a shorter lifespan compared to leaner animals. People are often embarrassed or in denial about the state of their pet’s weight and are reluctant to do anything about it.

When I brought my golden retriever in for a heartworm and tick test, I could feel the side eye from my co-workers. I even felt embarrassment for letting my dog become overweight. I talk to people about this all the time, how could I have let my pet gain so much weight? Well, it is pretty easy for a city dog to pack on the pounds, too much food and not enough exercise is the perfect recipe for weight gain.

It is time for me to practice what I preach, so I am starting my girl, Ripley, on a weight loss journey. I have chosen to try Hill’s Metabolic Diet. The reason is that I had another dog on this diet, and it worked very well for her, so I am ready to try it again. There are many different options for weight loss diets as not every animal will respond to every diet. There is something out there that will work with some trial and error. Oh, and of course, exercise!

Keep an eye out for more blogs to follow along with Ripley and I as we start this adventure in weight loss, ups and downs, triumphs and failures. I hope that you can gain some confidence in the fact that this can happened to anyone, it does not make you a bad pet owner, and the spread can be halted and reversed with the right motivation.

Written by: Heather Mays, RVT



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last Updated: Monday, May 11, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 204.253.2668. We will take a history over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the exam is complete, we will give you a call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return to your vehicle. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way! Note: the door will be locked. Please distance away from the entrance and a member of our team will greet you.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm 
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital