Small black dog waiting patiently for food

Weight Management for Pets

In recent years, we have seen that pets of all ages and breeds are struggling to maintain a healthy body mass index. Lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet are the main reasons why certain pets may be overweight or underweight for their age and breed. As an owner, it can be challenging to improve this aspect of your pet’s life. With the help of our team, we can get your pet to a healthier weight so that they will be more comfortable in their day-to-day lives.

What happens when my dog/cat/pet is overweight?

Aside from discomfort, carrying extra weight can make your pet vulnerable to developing diabetes, heart issues, arthritis, cancerous tumours and high blood pressure.

Can I feed my dog/cat/pet “people” or “human” food?

As a general rule and to protect your pet from physical harm, it’s best to only feed them food that is made and manufactured specifically for pets and animals. Pets have completely different diet requirements from humans and although they can tolerate some human foods, it’s best to stay away from them. As you may already know, some foods are potentially lethal to pets. Below are just some of the ingredients and foods that you should avoid feeding to your loyal companion.

  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Raisins
  • Coffee
  • Avocados
  • Alcohol
  • Tea
  • Salt
  • Grapes
  • Apple seeds
  • When should I switch my puppy or kitten to adult food?

    Our furry friends have sensitive digestive systems. This makes the process of switching their food quite delicate. It’s recommended by most veterinarians to wait until your pet is about 10 to 12-months-old before transitioning them onto adult pet food. That being said, it’s always best to have a conversation first with your pet’s veterinarian before making this change in their diet.

    What are the best cat/dog/pet food?

    Over the years, our team has become familiar with the pet food available in our region. Certain brands or formulations will be better suited for your pet, depending on factors such as their age, breed and any health conditions they may have. We can certainly provide you with a list of our recommended foods at a one-on-one conversation. Please feel free to visit our Online Store for the veterinary-approved brands that we sell at the hospital.

    We are happy to welcome new patients!
    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We'd love to meet them!

    Give us a call at 519-756-9998 to book your first appointment.