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: Last updated: October 7th, 2021

Dear Clients,

Please see below in regards to our current Covid 19 protocols. We are happy to announce our clinic will be entering in the first phase of our reopening plan.

Beginning October 12th 2021, we will be allowing clients into the clinic for food and medication pickup only. Doctor or technician appointments will still be run curbside for the time being. We will still offer the curbside option for food and medication if requested.

1. The following protocols will be in place for those entering the building: - Maximum 3 clients in the building at a time. - Please do not crowd either doorway as our staff still need easy access in and out with animals. - Please continue to pre-order food and medication to make it an easier and quicker process, and to ensure we have what you need in stock before you come to the clinic. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check.

2. The following protocols are still in place for all appointments (technician and doctor): - We are still operating curbside only for appointments. - Please call the office at 905.885.8151 to let us know that you have arrived and wait for further instructions. Please do not leave a message if you are in the parking lot. Continue to call until you reach a receptionist. - If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the door. Please also let us know in advance of your appointment so we can make a note. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check. Why are we not opening for appointments yet? - Fully opening is our ultimate goal, however, for the safety of our staff, and clients, allowing food and medication pickup seems the first logical step to limit everyone's exposure. - We hope this step will also alleviate some of the strain on our phone lines and those trying to reach us. - Allowing clients in for food and medication pickup will speed up the amount of time many clients are waiting in the parking lot for this reason.

3. Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

We are closed all weekends and holidays.

As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again very soon!

- Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic