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.


Overweight Dog Help

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.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

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.


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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 613-394-4811. We will bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 5-7 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 at 613-394-4811 to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button.

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 jobs. We have taken these 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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital