Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Overweight Dog Help

Weight management is a growing concern that should be taken seriously and can be addressed through a multitude of different methods. Nutrition is an incredibly important factor when dealing with proper weight management. Ensuring you are feeding the correct amount for your specific pet is very important – remember that treats should comprise of less than 10% of your pet’s daily caloric intake. Encouraging healthy exercise is both rewarding for your pet and you!

When is a dog considered to be overweight?


When you are unable to feel your dog’s ribs under a thin layer of fat, and they lose the appearance of a waist and a tummy tuck. Your dog’s chest should be wider than it’s abdomen.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?


Yes, some breeds like brachycephalic dogs (pugs, bulldogs, etc.) are prone to obesity. Any dog is susceptible though for a variety of reasons, such as a poor diet (type, food or the amount ingested), low exercise levels and a general decline in mobility due to ageing.

Why should my dog have a weight loss consultation at the hospital?


Obesity in pets is a serious issue. Carrying additional weight can be strenuous to joints, especially in our senior patients. Excessive weight gain can also cause issues such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

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Last updated: September 8, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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

Beginning June 8, we will be resuming our normal business hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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 Halifax Veterinary Hospital