Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Like humans, dogs used to spend a lot of energy finding and catching their food. Now that food is constantly available with very little effort it is easy for our pets to become overweight and is a growing concern in our pets. Allowing our pet to become overweight can increase the risk of diseases like diabetes and joint disease. Keeping our pet fit can help them live a long healthy life.
A veterinarian should examine your pet to determine whether they are overweight or not. Generally, your pet’s weight is determined by evaluating their body condition based on several different factors and not just their number on the scale. Our technicians are happy to offer a free nutritional consult to help you better understand your pet’s food requirements and to help keep them on track.
Are some breeds prone to obesity?
Yes, there are some dog breeds that are more prone to obesity than others. Older dogs may also be more prone to obesity than younger dogs.
Here is a list of some dog breeds that are prone to obesity: • Labrador Retrievers • Pugs • Dachshunds • English Bulldogs • Cairn Terriers • Beagles • Cocker Spaniels • Rottweilers • Golden Retrievers • Chihuahuas • Scottish Terriers • Pit Bulls • Boxers • St. Bernards • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels • Basset Hounds
Just because a particular dog breed is more prone to obesity than others doesn’t mean that they will become obese in their lifetime. Proper portion control paired with exercise will ensure that your dog stays slim and trim. This is the best way to keep your pooch the proper weight.
Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at a clinic?
Weight loss and management consultation is an important part of a clinic as pet obesity seems to be on the rise and can cause life-threatening issues if left out of control. Please contact the clinic for a free nutritional consultation.
Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually.
A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease. It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: Closed
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital