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Weight Management for Pets

Excess weight can create serious health complications for your furry family members. We want to ensure your pet lives as long with you as possible and we’d like to control anything that could get in the way of that. Pet obesity is often caused by too much food. Hormonal influences, genetic factors, as well as other underlying diseases could be connected to it. Creating a weight management plan allows us to help your pet maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

What health issues does obesity cause in pets?

If your pet is carrying extra weight, it can:

  • Increase their risk of heart disease
  • Increase the risk of arthritis and strain on the joints
  • Cause joint pain and make it harder for your pet to move around comfortably
  • Cause breathing, skin and hair coat problem
  • Lead to diabetes and other lifelong health issues

    How does pet weight management work?

    Obesity can impact your pet’s overall quality of life as well as your ability to engage with them. First, our veterinary team will rule out and treat any underlying issues that could be the cause of your pet’s obesity. For example, hypothyroidism can cause excessive weight gain. Next, our veterinary team will determine your furry friend’s weight relative to their breed, age, etc. Then, we can provide guidelines about how we can work together to achieve their ideal weight. If you have concerns about your pet’s weight and/or are interested in a weight management consultation, please contact us at 604.544.7387.

    What might a weight management plan for pets include?

    We’ll recommend a reduction in your pet’s daily calorie intake. This might mean less processed treats or changes in the types of food they eat. Increasing your pet’s exercise and activity level is another effective weight loss method. Each weight management plan focuses on your pet’s specific health needs and is catered towards helping them be their healthiest selves.

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    The Do’s and Don'ts of Pet Summer Safety

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    Last updated: July 20, 2020

    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 pet.

    Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her.

    1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

  • We are currently operating with a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and team. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 604-544- 7387. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telephone consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to you.
  • If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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. One of our team members will bring your order to our designated pick up location, outside our front doors. Payment will be processed 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.
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    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.

    In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency). https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

    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 Queen’s Park Pet Hospital