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Overweight Dog Help

It is easier to keep weight off in the first place, rather than to implement a weight loss plan. It all begins with prevention, and this starts at puppyhood. Feeding an appropriate diet, as well as an appropriate measured quantity is all key to maintaining a healthy weight. Treats should be limited to low-calorie options and human food should be kept to a minimum. Exercise is crucial to keep pets active and at a healthy weight.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

A dog is considered to overweight when they score higher than the ideal 5 out of 9 on a body condition score chart. Body condition score is determined by the ability to feel ribs on their sides, the hourglass waist shape, and the underside of the belly. If a dog cannot comfortably do regular activities, a weight loss plan may need to be implemented.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Some breeds are more likely to be obese. It is specifically important to maintain their weight from day one, to avoid obesity and the health concerns associated with it. Some of the breeds prone to obesity include Labrador Retrievers, Pugs, Beagles, and more.

Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at the clinic?

At Mill Creek Animal Hospital, we try to stress the importance of weight management and weight loss by explaining the risks of obesity and the conditions that it can result in. By maintaining a healthy low body weight, we can lower the risk of conditions such as diabetes and arthritis and increase the quality of life.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-432-7297. A team member will bring your pet inside and we will give you a call to go over the history. The exam will take place in our hospital and our Doctor will communicate the results of the examination via telephone.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations and some routine visits. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. For availability, please give us a call.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit card payments over the phone are available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Mill Creek Animal Hospital