Overweight Dog Help

It’s hard to detect a gradual increase in your dog’s or cat’s weight. By controlling your dog’s weight, you are not only improving the quality of life of your pet, but you are extending the life of your dog. Common health problems associated with obesity include lameness, diabetes, heart disease, exercise intolerance, reduced lifespan.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

There are several different methods to assess extra pounds on your dog. One method is to rate your pet on a scale of 1-9 or 1-5 with ‘1’ being too thin and anything over five, being considered extra pounds. If you feel the ribs on the side, without, pushing in, you would rate your pet a ‘5’. Please visit our hospital at any time to have your pet assessed and weighed. One or two pounds extra may not sound like a lot, but for a dog, those extra pounds may be the equivalent of 10 -20 extra pounds for a person.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

All dogs are prone to obesity if they are inactive or eat too much. If a metabolic disorder such as hypothyroidism exists, this would have to be diagnosed and treated as this could cause your pet to gain weight.

Why should you have weight loss & management consultation at the clinic?

Weight loss is never easy – neither for our dogs or us. That is why our veterinary team is here to provide ongoing encouragement, suggestions, and ideas to help your dog achieve an ideal weight and maintain this weight after the excess fat is lost. During our weight consultation, a full exam is done and then we can precisely measure the excess fat, then make recommendations on the type of diet and quantity of food needed.


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Last updated: September 11, 2020

Chers clients,

Nous sommes tous conscients de la situation que nous avons vécue dans les derniers mois avec l'arrivée du Covid -19. Due aux défis causés par ces circonstances, nous avons décidé de fermer temporairement l'Hôpital Vétérinaire Acadia. A partir de lundi le 14 septembre, 2020, notre équipe sera consolidé avec celle de l’Hôpital Moncton Animal Hospital.

Dans les jours à suivre nous communiquerons avec nos clients qui ont des rendez-vous & chirurgies prévues afin de les re-planifier à l'Hôpital Moncton Animal Hospital avec Dr. Boutet.

Nous vous remercions à l’avance pour votre patience et votre collaboration pendant cette période hors de l’ordinaire. Nous souhaitons que vous, votre famille et vos animaux soyez sains et saufs.


Votre équipe de l'hôpital vétérinaire Acadia


To our valued Acadia Veterinary Hospital clients:

We are all aware of the rapidly changing situation we have faced over the last few months. Due to the ongoing challenges brought on by COVID-19, we have decided to temporarily close Acadia Veterinary Hospital. This is effective starting Monday September 14, 2020. We have consolidated the team with our Moncton Animal Hospital location so that we can continue to care for your pets.

In the coming days, we will contact clients who have appointments and surgeries booked to reschedule them to Moncton Animal Hospital with Dr Boutet.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We hope that you, your family and pets all continue to stay healthy and safe.

The dedicated team at Acadia Veterinary Hospital