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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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Last updated: May 25, 2020

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, 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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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

- Your dedicated team at Mill Creek Animal Hospital