Your veterinarian will start by figuring out your pup’s Body Condition Score. This is determined by a physical and visual exam of your pet’s body, including whether their ribs are visible or easily felt. The score is between 1 and 9, with 1 being the most underweight and 9 being the most overweight score.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Although any dog can become overweight, some breeds are more well known for their weight gain. Your veterinarian can discuss whether this is a concern for your pooch.
Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the clinic?
Just like with people, there is a higher risk for many health issues, due to carrying excess body weight. Our overweight canines are at a higher risk for joint issues, heart disease, diabetes, anesthetic/surgical risks and reduced liver function. If you are suspicious that your pup is overweight, our team can help you to determine a proper weight loss program and suggest a goal weight for your pet.
Many people don’t realize that onions and garlic are toxic to pets. It is so sparsely known that garlic powder is actually a dangerously common ingredient in some homemade dog treat recipes found online. They are also very common ingredients in many different dishes that we humans love to make, so we need to be extra careful to not allow our pets to ingest anything containing these ingredients. No more licking the plate for Fido and Fluffy!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. OPEN DOOR POLICY - WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
As of Wednesday September 23 we are allowing a maximum of 6 people in our waiting room area.
Only one owner to accompany their pet into the building for medical appointments. Clients must wear a mask and use hand sanitizer if they want to accompany their pet inside. If you do not have a mask then one can be provided to you. If you prefer, curbside service will continue to be offered for medical appointments.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue to offer curbside pickup of food and medication if you do not wish to enter the building (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 remain a 24-hour hospital, open 7 days a week
5. 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!
- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital