Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Managing your pet’s weight can be challenging, but it is very important for their health and wellbeing. Over 50% of dogs and cats are overweight. Excess weight can lead to joint disease, respiratory disorders, skin problems, urinary tract diseases, diabetes, and cancer.
There is no straightforward answer, as every single dog has his/her own ideal body weight. Body condition scoring helps determine an ideal weight for each dog. Please ask us to show you how to assess the body condition score of your pet. Monitoring your dog’s weight and body condition score can help you detect subtle increases or decreases. Detection of weight changes will allow you to adjust your dog’s diet and exercise to help prevent and control weight gain.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Dogs of any breed can become overweight if fed more calories than they are burning off with exercise. There are some breeds that tend to be more food motivated than others, however, and that seem to have a slower metabolism. Breeds at risk include Golden Retrievers, Pugs, Beagles, and Labrador Retrievers, to name a few.
Why should my dog have weight loss consultation at the clinic?
We can assess your dog’s weight and body condition score to determine a diet and exercise plan that best suits your pet’s body, activity level and lifestyle.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, heartworm testing, 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. 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
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital