We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.


Overweight Dog Help

There are many reasons why it is important to keep your pet at an ideal body weight and body condition. Animals who are overweight or obese are more prone to serious life-threatening illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease or degenerative joint disease just to mention a few. Each and every time you come in to see our veterinarians at The College Manor Veterinary Hospital, your pet will receive a body condition score between 1-5. Typically, we would like to see all pets at a 3 as that means they are ideal. Anything greater than 3 is cause for concern and an action plan to be formulated with you and the doctor.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

We typically use a scale from 1-5 to assess the body condition of all pets that come into the clinic. The score of 3 is ideal and means that you can easily palpate your dog’s ribs without too much pressure, you can see a waistline when you look at them from above and a nice tuck up in the abdominal area. If you cannot feel your dog’s ribs with light pressure and they have no waistline or tuck up in the abdomen, chances are they have been shown a little too much love by their caretakers and could use a dietary consult and weight loss program initiated by one of our wonderful staff. Please call us at 905-853-4706 to set up your weight loss consult and help your canine friend get back on track as soon as possible.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Yes, there are some breeds of dogs that are more prone to being overweight. These include, but are not limited to pugs, labs, and chihuahuas. Any dog can become obese if their calorie consumption is not carefully monitored if they don’t get out for regular exercise and become couch potatoes or are showered with too much love in the form of treats or people food from their owners. It’s never about the size of the treat, it’s just the receiving of the treat that makes the reward experience more fun. Try low calories treats such as carrots with your canine companions. You may be surprised at how many dogs actually love them.

Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at the clinic?

Healthy weight = longer life. This is why it is so very important to monitor your pet’s daily rations and make sure you are not overfeeding or over-treating them. Obesity can be a contributing factor in many disease processes such as diabetes, heart disease, and joint trouble, so maintaining a healthy weight will also improve your dog’s longevity. If you suspect your dog is suffering from ongoing weight issues, speak to one of our trained staff who would be happy to help you work out a diet and exercise plan tailored to the specific needs of your dog.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905.853.4706. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm & Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.

You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up, visit our website.

Note: Due to the continued health precautions recommended by Health Canada, we have elected to discontinue 'in clinic' pick-ups for items ordered via our Webstore including both medications and food with immediate effect. The delivery option is extremely flexible and they will deliver to your place of work, home, cottage or wherever you choose.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

Your dedicated team at College Manor Veterinary Hospital