Weight Management Services

With an abundance of treats, pet food and even chefs who specialize on pet cuisine – it’s no surprise furry friends these days are carrying more weight than their predecessors. In fact, about 55% to 60% of all cats and dogs in North America are either overweight or obese. Extra weight can cause heart disease, asthma, arthritis, cancer, reduced lifespan and several other problems. You may feel overwhelmed on how to get your pet in better shape, but with our support you will have a personalized plan to get you started. Call us at 905.885.8151 to start the conversation.

How do I know if my pet is overweight?

The tricky thing with our furry friends is there isn’t a general weight range. They come in so many different types of species and breeds. That being said, a general rule of thumb is you should be able to feel the lowest row of your dog or cat’s ribs without a thick layer of fat on top. There should also be a definition or divide between their chest and their abdomen. Other than that, behavioural changes are also a way to tell if your pet can benefit from losing a few pounds. Are they easily out of breath? Are they lethargic? Are they no longer as fast or as active? These are all warning signs of a weight problem.

How do I know if my pet is underweight?

Again, it is quite difficult to tell. Some breeds of dogs for example are naturally thin with their ribs even sticking out (e.g. whippets, greyhounds) but are perfectly healthy. The best thing to do is to take your pet in for regular check-up. This way, their veterinarian can recognize any issues (including weight problems) and get them on the path to a healthier state.

Last updated: Nov. 25, 2022

Dear Clients,
As of Monday June 20th 2022 this clinic will be removing our mask requirement for both staff and clients. We are moving to the “your choice” model. Our team understands that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, and want to respect both our staff and clients' right to choose. That being said, we are still maintaining the below protocols:

  • Maximum 5 clients in the reception area at a time.
  • 1 client is permitted in the exam room with their pets for doctor appointments.
  • Curbside is still an option for all clients. Please advise our reception team.
  • You may also come directly into the reception area with your pets for all appointments now without calling in first. Please ensure you are mindful of our capacity limit of 5.

    Please note our hours of operation:
    Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Closed for lunches 1pm - 2pm
    We are closed all weekends and holidays.

    As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to serving you and your furry family members!

    Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic