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Overweight Dog Help

As dog owners, every day you make choices for your pet regarding nutrition, exercise and well-being. These choices can affect your dog’s body weight and play an important role in your dog’s overall health. All too often, your dog’s weight gain sneaks up on you. For this reason, it is a good idea to frequently weigh your dog and have your dog’s body weight scored. We encourage owners to make Van Isle Vet a frequent stop for a quick visit, a weigh-in and lots of TLC from the staff!

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

To determine a dog’s ideal body weight, we use a body condition score with 1 being emaciated and 5 being morbidly obese. Your veterinarian will score your dog’s body weight during their annual physical exam. Although every breed is different, dogs are typically considered overweight when their ribs are not easily palpable and they do not have a visible waistline.

Some breeds prone to obesity?

There are some breeds that can be prone to obesity such as Retrievers, Beagles, Pugs and Dachshunds (just to name a few). However, all breeds can be prone to obesity depending on their lifestyle, dietary habits and systemic diseases. Obesity has become a major health epidemic in our pets over the years and is the number one cause of most underlying diseases.

What are some long-term effects of obesity on your pets?

Long term effects of obesity can include joint disease, heart disease, skin disease, diabetes, sore backs/disk disease and many other inflammatory diseases. However, one of the most significant long-term effects obesity can have on your dog is a decreased life expectancy.

Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at clinics?

It is important to have weight management consultations to get the most accurate information required to be successful. Weight loss does not happen overnight and is an ongoing commitment. Having the guidance and support of a professional outside of the home can help you stay on track and help you safely meet your goals.

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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, March 19, 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 250.334.8400. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

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 OPEN and temporarily operating as a 24-hour hospital.

4. 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. 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 Van Isle Veterinary Hospital