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Weight Loss Programs
Did you know that being overweight puts your furry friend at risk for conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and more? It also shortens their lifespan! Because you love your pet and want only the best for them, we want to guide and support you through a safe weight loss program.
Obesity in dogs and cats is not just a 'cosmetic' issue. Obesity is actually a chronic disease. Dogs and cats are classified as overweight when they exceed their ideal weight by just 10% and are classified as obese when they exceed their ideal weight by more than 20%.
We offer weight loss consultation, nutritional counseling, and regular weigh-ins and Body Condition Scoring (BCS) to ensure your pet is on the track to good health! We are passionate about helping pets succeed! We’ll teach you how to Body Condition Score (BCS) your pet so you can monitor at home. This helps get all family members involved! Click here to learn more about Body Condition Scoring your pets.
Did you know that losing as little as 6% of their body weight can result in an increase in activity levels, a decrease in pain, and an overall improvement in quality of life? On an average overweight cat, a 6% weight loss is less than half a pound. Every kibble counts! Overfeeding your cat by just 10 kibbles a day can result in a weight gain of 1 lb/year!
Check this Pet Weight Translator to see how being 1 lb overweight as a cat is equivalent to a human being 15+lbs overweight!
A case study: Molly, Yorkie Mix, 9 yrs old.
Molly is a sweet little dog who is currently on a weight loss program. Her owners showed their great love for Molly by treating her with table scraps and feeding as much food as she wanted to eat. At her heaviest weight, she was 7.72kg with a BCS of 8/9. (5/9 is ideal) Realizing that showing their love by overfeeding her was actually harming her, the owners now carefully measure out her food, feed a formula that is lower calorie and designed for safe weight loss, and are increasing her daily activity. She absolutely loves to go where her family does and thus doesn’t mind getting the extra activity! Her target weight will be somewhere between 3.5-4.5kg. Her family brings her in for a weigh-in/BCS every 2 weeks. At these no-charge, quick appointments, we can offer encouragement and troubleshoot any issues they are having. Here is a picture of Molly showing off some of her new curves!
Pet emergency? Call us right away at 780-872-7387!
Welcome to the Southside Veterinary Clinic! We offer a comfortable and home-like atmosphere to welcome you and your pet. We are a full service, small animal clinic, dedicated to the health of your dogs, cats, and other wonderful pets.
To allow us to serve you better, we ask that you phone us at 780-872-PETS (7387) or click on the "Request Appointment" link above to make an appointment for your pets prior to coming in. This helps us ensure that there is a veterinarian available to help you without delay. If it is an emergency during business hours, if possible please call to let us know that you are on your way into the clinic and the nature of the emergency. We may need to prepare for your arrival or direct you to our partner clinic, Lloydminster Animal Hospital, for further diagnostics, treatment or intensive care. Our goal is to provide your pet with the best possible care!
Should you have an emergency or require veterinary care outside of regular hours, you can reach an on-call veterinarian 24 hours daily by calling Southside Veterinary Clinic.
**All after hours calls will be seen at Lloydminster Animal Hospital.
That hospital is located at 6002 50th Avenue, Lloydminster, AB.