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.
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.
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.
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 Tuesday, March 24, 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 506.466.2543. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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. Hours are subject to change.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. We encourage payments to be done over the phone with a credit card or e-Transfer.
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 Mayfield Veterinary Clinic