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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: July 22, 2022.

    Dear Pet Parents,

    We are happy to announce that we are fully open to the public and seeing all cases by appointment only. However, we are currently only allowing one client into the exam room with their pet at this time, with exceptions for end-of-life appointments. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    To make an online purchase for pick up at our hospital, or for delivery directly to your home, please see our Online Store.

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (for food sales only; no vets in clinic)
    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 West Brant Animal Hospital