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Weight Management for Pets

Maintaining your pet at a healthy weight will increase longevity and improve their quality of life. Being overweight is a common nutritional disorder that can cause, contribute and exacerbate many preventable health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. This makes those yearly examinations that much more important to monitor their body condition and prevent obesity. Call us today to schedule your pet’s next appointment.

My pet has been scored as overweight. What now?

Don’t get discouraged! While it takes time to achieve a goal, we can help you with calorie-controlled specific diets or a simple switch in calculated feeding amounts. These in-hospital visits will guide and support you through the entire process so that your pet can reach their fitness goals sooner rather than later.

Are some dog breeds prone to being overweight?

Unfortunately, yes. Dachshunds, Scottish Terriers, Beagles and Basset Hounds are more susceptible to being overweight and obese. On the other hand, breeds like Greyhounds and German Shepherds are usually on the slim side of the scale.

I have tried everything – limiting food, increasing exercise – but my pet is still not losing weight. What should I do?

The best thing is to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Weight gain can be a symptom of an underlying disease like hormonal imbalance or thyroid issues. Only during a proper consultation can we address the root cause of your pet’s weight problems.

Last updated: August 9, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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

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 to Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday & 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!

- Your dedicated team at Gillies Grove Animal Hospital