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Weight Management for Pets

Maintaining a healthy weight promotes longevity and a better quality of life in your pet. Sadly, obesity is very common in cherished animals. Being overweight can cause and contribute to many preventable health conditions. It’s not always easy to tell your pet is overweight which is why a veterinary consultation is important. By taking your pet for a checkup once every year, it’s easier to prevent obesity and monitor the condition of their body.

What happens when my pet is overweight?

When your pet is overweight they struggle to function as they should. As their body stores more fat they may develop arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and even cancer.

How can I control my pet’s weight?

The first step in controlling your pet’s weight is to have a veterinarian examine them and follow their recommendations. Controlling your pet’s weight on your own can result in them losing weight too fast or becoming malnourished. Our veterinarians will determine what is the ideal weight for your pet based on their age and breed. From there we may recommend that you:

1. Schedule their meal times. Never leave food out as pets will eat it all if it’s there.
2. Follow a special diet. We can create a diet that doesn’t reduce the nutrients they get but has less calories.
3. Exercise daily. This could be taking them out for a stroll or having regular playtime.

To speak with our veterinarians on how you can control your pet’s weight please call 403.936.4571.

Can I feed my pet human food?

It is not recommended that you feed your pets human foods without first consulting with your veterinarian. Some of the foods humans eat can cause allergic reactions or pose health risks to your furry friends. If you do decide to give them a small bite, please ask your veterinarian during your pet’s nutritional consult. There are some foods that you should completely avoid:

1. Chocolate
2. Raisins
3. Alcohol
4. Coffee
5. Apple seeds
6. Salt/

Last updated: Sept 17, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, 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: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    4. 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!

    - The team at Langdon Veterinary Clinic