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Overweight Dog

Overweight Dog Help

Pet obesity is a growing concern in veterinary medicine. We want to work with you to reverse this unhealthy trend in our canine companions. Overfeeding can result in heart disease, diabetes, joint and spine issues, and a shortened lifespan. Overweight pets are less active because they cannot run and jump like they used to. They may even experience difficulty standing up or walking in more extreme cases. With a high-quality diet, exercise and regular counselling, we can help to regulate your dog’s caloric intake and whittle down that waistline in a safe, medically supervised way.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?


Sadly, people have become so accustomed to seeing overweight dogs that many of us do not even realize when our dog is overweight. The veterinarian will use a body condition scoring system to determine whether pets are over, under, or normal body weight. Dogs should have a visible waistline. At 10% over optimal body weight, it’s time to start addressing the issue with one of our customized weight-loss plans.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?


Some breeds are certainly less active than others making them more prone to weight gain. However, ultimately, we are in full control of how many calories our dogs consume each day. Smaller dogs need far fewer calories. This is why we recommend accurately measuring or weighing food at meal times. Treat calories add up fast too!

Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the clinic?


Our registered veterinary technicians will develop a plan tailored to your pet’s nutrition and weight-loss requirements. Using one of our prescription diets, regular weigh-ins, and customized progress reports, we will help you correct your pet’s state of health. You will be amazed at how different your pet looks and acts as the weight comes off. Once they have reached their target weight, a weight maintenance plan will be put in place to keep them feeling great. Best of all, this counselling service is FREE with the purchase of food to our registered clients.

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Last updated: November 30, 2021

*NEW CLIENTS AND NEW PATIENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!*

As we approach the holiday season, please note our holiday hours:

December 24: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
December 25/26/27: Closed
December 31: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
January 1 and 2: Closed

Please order your pet's prescriptions and pet foods early during the holiday season to avoid delays. We require one week's notice for prescription refills. Our front door is currently open for picking up pre-ordered food and medications only. If you prefer not to come inside, please call upon arrival and we will be happy to bring your order outside.

Our veterinarians are currently seeing all patients by appointment ONLY. We are currently operating with both curbside and in office appointments. We have limited capacity to accommodate indoor appointments but please let us know your preference at the time of booking and we will do our very best to accommodate your request. Please note, for safety reasons, you will be asked to wait behind a clear screen while speaking with the veterinarian. Your pet will be examined by the veterinarian while one of our assistants holds them. We appreciate your patience and understanding as these appointments take a little longer than normal.  

How do curbside / closed-door appointments work?
Please come to the back door for your appointment and call 416-537-3128 upon arrival. A veterinarian will speak with you over the phone and a veterinary assistant will come out to collect your pet for an examination. After examining your pet, the doctor will follow-up on the phone with their findings and recommendations. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your pets. Please let us know in advance if they have any special needs.
 
How to collect food and prescription orders:
We can now allow up to 2 people inside the hospital to pick up prescriptions and food. Please call ahead at 416-537-3128.

For faster service, we suggest ordering pet supplies and food through our online store. Delivery is free with purchases over $100.00. It's easy! Just click ONLINE STORE on our website to sign up.

Payment Methods:
We are currently accepting all payment methods. However, credit or debit cards are preferred.
 

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

- The team at Annex Animal Hospital