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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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Last updated: December 2, 2021

Dear Clients,

Welcome back! We are happy to be able to invite our pet parents back into the hospital with their pets!! However, we are still following many of our previous health and safety protocols which have know been implemented as part of our communicable disease prevention protocol. We appreciate your patience, understanding and cooperation as we navigate through these times together. By helping to keep each other safe, we can continue to keep your pets safe.

1. WE ARE STILL OFFERING ALL OUR REGULAR, NON-URGENT AND URGENT CARE SERVICES

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

We continue to see a significant demand for these types of services. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Sometimes this means wait times of several weeks to be seen for non-urgent appointments. This allows our team to properly assess and triage those more critical patients that require our immediate attention. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and put our team’s safety and that of the public first.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

Our DVM team is excited to invite you back into our exam rooms with your pets as long as we have the capacity to do so. To maintain a safe distance, we ask that only one pet parent accompany their pet into the exam room with the doctor. You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entry and please do not enter our hospital if you are feeling unwell, have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or have been told to isolate by Island health.

3. ONLINE ORDERS

The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE

4. OPERATING HOURS

We continue to offer our clients emergency on call services 7 days a week between the hours of 8:00 am and midnight, including stat holidays.

After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 8:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Thank you for helping us make this transition in our health and safety protocols as safe as possible, so our team can be at its best and continue to look after you and your pet!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital