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.

Obesity in Dogs

In North America, obesity is the most common preventable disease affecting dogs. It is estimated that 25-30% of the general canine population is overweight. Obesity is defined as an accumulation of excess body fat. Dogs are considered overweight when they weigh 10-20% over their ideal weight. To assess if your dog is overweight, we would recommend that you weigh them on a scale. As mentioned, being 10-20% heavier than their ideal is considered overweight. The second way is by actually looking and feeling your dog. You should be able to feel your dogs ribs with easy palpation. There should be a small layer of fat covering their ribs, but you should be able to feel them easily. If you can see them, then they are too skinny, and if you can’t feel them easily, they are overweight.

Looking at your dog is another way to determine if they are overweight. If looking at your dog from above, they should have a nice “tuck” right before their hind legs. When you look at your dog from the side, their abdomen should “tuck up” right ahead of their hind legs. If your dog has more of a “sausage” look to them, then they are overweight.

Being overweight does put your dog at an increased risk for many health issues. These range from types of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis.

Overweight dogs are also at risk of anesthetic complications.
Being overweight is more commonly due to too many calories going in and not enough calories burned. It is very important that your pet is fed the correct number of calories for their body size. Giving too many treats or human food can lead to an excess of calories going in and therefore lead to obesity. We love giving treats to our pets, but we must be mindful of the calories associated with those treats.

Not all dogs are overweight due to calorie consumption. There are a few diseases that have a symptom of being overweight. These include Cushing’s disease and hypothyroidism. If you think your pet has either of these, we would recommend an exam that will include doing some bloodwork.

Let’s work together to make our canine companions the healthiest we can make them, to ensure we get to enjoy them for as long as possible. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at College Manor Veterinary Hospital at 905-853-4706. Just a reminder the scale is always on.

Written by: Suzanne, RVT

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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