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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.

    Last updated: December 17, 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, 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. OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

    Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at West Brant Animal Hospital