Overweight Dog

Overweight Dog Help

Dogs that are overweight are something that we see often at Torbay Road Animal Hospital. Dogs that are overnourished lack the ability to exercise. Dogs that have a tendency to retain weight are the most at risk for becoming obese. It is important to keep your dog at an ideal body weight for overall health and well-being.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?


There are several signs you can look for that your dog is overweight. They can include, not being able to feel your dog’s ribs, no body definition, can’t groom themselves, trouble getting around and constipation. If you think your dog may be overweight, please come in to see your veterinarian and they can help you with any questions you may have and provide advice on how to get them on a healthier path.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?


Yes, there are some breeds that are prone to obesity – such breeds include Basset hounds, Beagles, Cocker spaniels, Dachshunds, English bulldogs, Golden and Labrador retrievers, Newfoundland dogs, Pugs and Rottweilers.

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


Our veterinarians will assess your dog and will provide a treatment plan to get your dog to a healthy weight! Having your dog at a healthy weight will contribute to their long-term health and happiness!

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Last updated: July 13, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. We are now allowing 1 client per appointment (or 2 clients in the case of euthanasias) to come into the hospital. 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. 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.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Torbay Road Animal Hospital