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Dog Overweight

Overweight Dog Help

Unfortunately, obesity has become a common problem with dogs. Just like people, being overweight can be detrimental to your pet’s health. An overweight dog has added stress upon their body and is at an increased risk of diabetes, arthritis and joint pain. They may also experience exercise intolerance and less energy.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?


Regularly weighing your dog is important, but to determine if your dog is overweight, your veterinarian will want to score his body condition. It is a visual hand on assessment of your dog’s level of lean muscle and fat. Depending on your veterinarian’s body condition score of your dog, they will determine if your dog is at healthy body weight, overweight or possibly even underweight.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?


Some breeds of dogs seem to be prone to becoming overweight, such as; Pugs, Beagles, and Labs. However, any breed can become overweight. It is certainly not breed-specific.

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


Who better to help your dog lose weight than your veterinarian? They can properly score your dog’s weight and determine how much weight loss is required. They can recommend lower calorie or calorie restricted diets along with an exercise regime to help your dog reach its optimum weight.

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

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, 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

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- 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 Crossroads Animal Hospital