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Overweight Dog Help

Many dogs are now looked at as “normal” when they are overweight. We need to be cautious of this false ideal body condition that a bit chubby is ok, when in fact, a few extra pounds on your dog can cause a number of different health problems. Talk to our trained technicians and ask them to assess your dog’s Body Condition Score (BCS). It may just add a few years to your dog’s life in the long run.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

A dog is considered to be overweight when his/her body condition score is above 6 on the BCS scale. Ideal weight being 5, this scale goes from 1-9. You should be able to see your dog’s hourglass figure, with the waist going in behind the rubs and back out before the hips. The knuckle test is one easily done at home. Basically, your pet is too thin if its ribs (i.e. the side of its chest) feels like the top of your knuckles when your hand makes a fist; your pet is too heavy if its ribs feel like your knuckles when felt from the palm of your opened hand; and your pet is just right when its rib feels like the top of your knuckles when your hand is flat, palm down.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

There are definitely some breeds that are more likely to become overweight than others. Certain diseases such as diabetes and thyroid can also affect your dog’s weight. However, your dog’s body condition is solely controlled by you as an owner. You feed, and you exercise your dog. It is all managed by you. If you are concerned about your dog’s weight, please talk to our trained staff for some information on how to keep your dog at its healthiest.

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Last updated: June 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 4, 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED


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 Mayfield Veterinary Clinic