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Weight Management for Pets

Weight management is all about being at a healthy size. Starting from your pet’s first appointment with us, our veterinarians will document their weight and track the pounds they gain as they age. If we notice they are heavier than they should be for their breed, we create a reduction program that implements scheduled meals, specific food and behaviour training practices to help them lose weight. We do not want to feed them less – that will hurt them. We want them to eat better. To learn more call us at 403.982.8387.

How do I know if my pet is overweight?

Sometimes you will not be able to tell. They may look like they are in shape but our veterinarians have the expertise to know for sure. We know that every breed is different and we rely on statistics, their physical appearance and medically approved standards by the veterinarian community. To know for sure, consult with one of our veterinarians and take your pet in for regular check-ups.

What can go wrong if pets are overweight?

Being overweight can cause long-term damage to your pet’s health and could potentially shorten their life. Medical conditions they develop include:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Urinary bladder stones

    On the other hand, a lot can go wrong if the weight loss program we create for you is not followed. We want to help your pet gradually slim down. Extreme weight loss can lead to malnourishment and fatty liver disease.

    How can I help my pet lose weight?

    The best you can offer your chunky loved one is ongoing support and commitment to the weight loss program we designed specifically for them. This will require some discipline on your end. For example:

  • Follow instructions. The meal plan has the appropriate nutrients and calories to keep them full while they shed the extra pounds. Ignoring those guidelines could put their health at risk.
  • Resist their adorable nudges for more snacks or food from your plate
  • Be strict with the treats. Treats should only be 10% of their daily intake.
  • Get them moving. Exercise indoor and outdoors is a better reward than treats.

    Overall, the best support you can give your pet is positivity. Give them credit for the good work they’re doing and avoid treating them like they’ve done something bad. Losing weight and resisting urges is hard for everybody and it’s a lot easier when the people we love are encouraging us instead of shaming us.

  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

    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!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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

    - The team at Elizabeth Street Pet Hospital