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Overweight Dogs

A healthy weight is very important for your pooch’s overall state of health. Maintaining a proper diet and exercise will help your dog to live a long and happy life.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?


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.

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Last updated: September 24, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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