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Overweight Dog Help

In North America, obesity is the most common preventable disease in dogs. Obesity is defined as an accumulation of excess body fat. According to estimates, 40% to 50% of dogs are overweight and 25% are obese. Obesity is typically caused by excessive food intake and insufficient exercise, however, there are some disease conditions that can also lead to obesity. Obesity is more common in older, less active pets. Dogs that are fed homemade meals, table scraps and excessive treats are more likely to be overweight than dogs eating only a high-quality commercial pet food. The most common risks associated with excess weight in pets include: osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, cranial cruciate ligament injury, kidney disease, any forms of cancer and decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years).

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

Dogs are considered to be overweight when they weigh 10-20% above their ideal body weight or are scaled as a 6-7/9 on a body condition scale. There are considered obese when they weigh 20% or move above their ideal body weight, or are scaled as an 8-9/9 on a body condition scale.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Certain breeds are more predisposed to weight gain (Labrador Retrievers, Beagles, Dachshunds, Golden Retriever, etc.) and need to be monitored more closely. However, any breed or cross breed may have a tendency to gain weight given the opportunity.

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

Remember, you can’t judge if your dog is overweight merely by putting him or her on a scale. By examining your dog, veterinarians can use weight, overall body condition, and other indicators to tell you whether he or she is overweight or obese. They can then use that information to determine what the best weight-loss regimen would be for your dog. Veterinarians are trained to recommend an appropriate diet and exercise program for safe weight loss. When helping your dog lose weight, slower is safer. “Crash” diets or intense workouts aren’t appropriate and in some cases, can be just as detrimental to their health as being obese.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our inside door will be locked. You can come into the vestibule and we will let you in when you get here or you can call us at 705-674-9191 upon arrival for your appointment or pick up. We ask that only one person bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian.

2. We are continuing to accept regular appointments so please call ahead to book a time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 12 pm - 8 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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 ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Baxter Animal Hospital