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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.

Last updated: May 12, 2021

Dear Clients,

In light of the rising cases of COVID-19 in our region, we will be introducing more stringent physical distancing measures effective immediately. This is all a part of our effort to continue providing the care that our patients deserve, while also providing the utmost protection for our team members and clients. Please kindly review the points below before your next appointment.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

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

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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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

- Your dedicated team at Embrun Veterinary Hospital