Weight Management for Pets

Did you know that according to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, 50% to 60% of pets are either overweight or obese? Unfortunately, this health crisis among people over the past few years has now transferred onto our loyal companions. Fortunately, with the proper guidance from our team, getting pets back to a healthier weight is totally possible. If you think your pet needs help with their weight, please call us at 403.239.4657 and one of our client care specialists will be happy to address any of your questions.

Is it OK for pets to be overweight?

Absolutely not. Even pets who are just slightly overweight are more likely to have reduced lifespans and have higher likelihood of having cardiac diseases, respiratory diseases, joint diseases, infections, anesthesia complications, high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, cancers and many more issues. Weight control is the premiere thing pet owners can do to increase their pet’s lifespan and improve its quality.

How do I know if my pet is overweight or underweight?

As a general rule of thumb, your pet’s chest should be wider than their waist or stomach. Overweight dogs will have no distinction between their chest and stomach area. You should also be able to feel their lower ribs, without a layer of fat. That being said, a weigh-in at the clinic is the best way to know for certain where your pet lies on the weight spectrum.

What happens during a weight management consultation?

Obesity in pets is a common disorder and having a weight management plan in place is beneficial in your pet’s overall health. Weight management consultations focus on choosing appropriate diet, calorie management, and an exercise program for your pet.


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Last updated: February 28, 2022.

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. We are pleased to announce our new appointment protocols effective Monday February 28, 2022.

We are now allowing ONE pet parent per appointment to accompany their pet into the clinic for their veterinary appointment. If you would prefer a curbside appointment, please just let us know.

For appointments with our technicians (i.e. injections, suture removal, anal glands, etc.), we ask that you please pay attention to the clinic capacity and if necessary step outside for a few minutes to accommodate the flow of the clinic with capacity restrictions.

We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • Masks are required while in the clinic
  • If you are unable to wear a mask, we will happily continue to provide you with curbside services
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • ONE pet parent will be allowed inside the clinic for the appointments. If you have children with you, we ask that your appointment remains curbside as this will go past our 3 person limit in the clinic
  • We will allow up to a maximum of 3 clients in the clinic lobby at any one time

    We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us. - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic