Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
We’ve seen an increase in overweight dogs recently. As pet owners ourselves, we realize it may be difficult to notice a slow and gradual increase in weight. As our winters are not pleasant in Newfoundland, it is tempting to stop exercise or slow activity during the winter months. Normally, we end up putting on a little layer of winter weight. We may consider this to be harmless, but being overweight can actually shorten your pet’s lifespan and cause arthritis and other health conditions.
We use a specific body condition score to determine if your dog is overweight. Anything over a 3 out of 5 is considered overweight. Looking down at your dog, you should be able to see a pronounced hourglass figure. You should be able to easily determine your dog’s waist. If your dog is starting to look more round then hourglass, then it is time for a weight consult.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Some breeds may be more predisposed to obesity, however, any dog who is inactive and consumes an excess of food can become obese. Medical conditions such as hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, so if your pet has suddenly put on a lot of weight please contact us for an exam and blood test.
Why should my dog have weight loss consultation at the clinic?
During our weight loss consultation, one of the first things we rule out is a medical condition causing the weight gain. We are also able to provide plenty of support and have a variety of resources available from the food companies directly, so we can continually adapt until we find the perfect fit for your pet’s weight loss journey.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are now allowing a limited number of clients in our clinic, however, we still encourage clients to stay in their cars where possible for annual exams, vaccines, wellness exams etc. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us.
Please discuss with the doctor when called during your appointment time if you wish to come into the building. This may not always be possible as there will be a limited number of clients in the building at one time as proper disinfection of exam rooms will have to be completed between appointments.
If you are coming into the building, an assistant will come to get you and your pet and escort you to the exam room.
Clients are required to use disinfection stations upon entering the building
Masks are to be worn at all times while in the clinic and social distancing must be strictly adhered to in our exam rooms.
If you have been ill with fever, headache, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, flu like symptoms or have travelled in the last two weeks, we kindly ask that you not enter our facility.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!