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.
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.
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.
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
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. 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