We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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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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 Friday, April 3, 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 416-537-3128. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 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 cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

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 Annex Animal Hospital