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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: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. 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 social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

4. OPERATING HOURS

During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet’s much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.


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

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital