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Weight Management for Pets

Overweight pets have a range of health concerns that impact their quality of life. Pets who are overweight tend to have shorter lifespans because they are more susceptible to diseases like heart disease or diabetes. We want to ensure your pet is not only living a long life, but a healthy one. Please contact us if you’re concerned about your pet’s weight at 403.934.3311.

How can weight management help my pet?

A lot more pets are overweight than pet owners even notice. The best ways to know if your pet is overweight or obese is to schedule an appointment with our team to assess their metrics. Even a few extra pounds can put your furry family member at risk of developing more serious health conditions. Most overweight pets are highly likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and some cancers. Weight management provides support for your pet to not only lose excess weight, but also maintain a healthier lifestyle long term.

What does it involve?

First, weight management involves our veterinary team determining your pet’s ideal weight, based on their size and breed. Next, we’ll co-create a plan that identifies their daily calorie intake as well as other healthy habits like reducing treats and incorporating more physical activity or play to promote weight loss. Even after your pet reaches their goal weight, it’s important to continue supporting them to maintain their healthy weight.

What are healthy pet treats?

We know it can be tempting to reward your pet with unhealthy, processed treats. Some treats you can incorporate into your furry friend’s diet, that you might already have at home, are:

  • Broccoli
  • Apples
  • Green peas
  • Carrots
  • Watermelon

  • Last updated: September 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. 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. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • 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. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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

    - The team at Strathmore Veterinary Clinic