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 Help

A dog’s weight has a significant impact on their overall health, so keeping them within their ideal weight range is important. Obesity in dogs can lead to joint issues, diabetes, a shorter life span, and many more problems.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

In a dog of healthy weight, you should be able to feel the ribs when running your hands along their chest but not see them. There should be a visible “tuck” of the abdomen compared to the chest and hips, and when looking at your dog from the top, you should be able to see that their abdomen is narrower than their ribs. If you can no longer feel the ribs and your dog’s sides are one straight line from the chest down to the hips, then they are overweight.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

While any dog is at risk of becoming obese no matter how high-energy they are, some breeds are genetically more prone to becoming overweight. These breeds include (but are not limited to) Golden Retrievers, Beagles, Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, etc.

Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?

It is highly recommended to consult a veterinary professional who can develop a weight loss plan that ensures your dog is still getting enough daily calories and doesn’t lose weight too quickly. A veterinarian will also provide you with various recommendations to make the weight loss process a smooth one.

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 Monday, March 23, 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 613.443.5459. 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.

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: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.

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.

7. 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 Embrun Veterinary Hospital