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.

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Overweight Pets

Is my Pet Overweight?
Over 50% of the pets out there are overweight. Obesity in cats and dogs is a very serious health concern. It can lead to many health issues and can shorten the life of your pet.

Why is my Pet Overweight?
There are medical conditions that can cause weight gain in our pets. These conditions should be tested for and treated before starting any weight loss plan. An animal becomes overweight because they are eating more calories then they are using. These extra calories are stored as fat. We tend to look at our pet’s food dish intake, but we often forget that treats and “people food” also contribute to our pets overall calorie intake. A few extra calories each day can add up quickly.

What can I do as a pet owner?
Prevention is the best medicine. Watching your pets diet and regular exercise are key steps to preventing weight gain. It is easier to keep the weight off than it is to lose the extra weight once its there!

If you do have a pet that is overweight, a visit to your veterinarian to make sure there aren’t any medical reasons for the weight gain is the first step. An effective weight loss program for your pet should include proper diet, cutting out treats (or at least switching to low-calorie ones), and regular exercise throughout the day.

Weight loss is about 60% diet and 40% exercise. Most pets will be able to lose extra weight if you are consistent with their weight loss plan.

Call us to set up a safe and effective weight loss program for your pet today!

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Monday, March 23, 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 519.631.0430. 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.

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: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, & Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

6. 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 Elgin Animal Hospital