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: November 19, 2021

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. Due to the high increase in positive COVID-19 cases we have returned to locked door/curbside policy effective January 4, 2022.

Only pets will be allowed in the clinic. Owners are asked to please stay in the parking lot while pets are being seen.

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

  • When you arrive in our parking lot for an appointment, please remain in your vehicle and call (403)239-4657. After speaking with the vet one of our team members will meet you on the sidewalk outside the hospital to bring your pet inside. Please wear a mask when engaging with staff.
  • You must remain in the parking lot while we treat your pet. Doctors may be calling from an unknown number to discuss findings, please make sure you can receive such calls.
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • For food and mediation pick up please call the clinic when you have arrived and one of our staff members will let you know when to meet them outside the door for pick up. Please call ahead to place your orders.
  • Please give us a minimum of 2 business days for orders of food and medication to arrive.
  • Payment over the phone with credit/debit is preferred.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been out of the country in the last 10 days, please reschedule your appointment or send someone else to bring in your pet. Please ensure that the designated person is registered in our files.
  • 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