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Weight Management for Pets

In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in overweight dogs, cats and other pets. Did you know that here in Canada and the U.S., almost 50% of dogs are overweight? As pet owners ourselves, we realize it may be difficult to notice a slow and gradual increase in weight. As our winters are not pleasant in Nova Scotia, it is tempting to stop exercise or slow activity during the winter months. Normally, we end up putting on a little layer of winter weight. We may consider this to be harmless, but being overweight can actually shorten your pet’s lifespan and cause arthritis and other health conditions. Fortunately, there are many steps that you can take to help your furry friend reach a healthier weight. Simply call us to learn more about our weight management services here at AMC.

How can I tell if my pet is overweight or obese?

With our furry friends, it is a lot more difficult to tell if they are overweight or underweight. This is because some breeds or species are naturally thin or gaunt-looking (e.g. greyhounds, salukis and whippets). A good rule of thumb is that you should always be able to feel the bottom or lower ribs of your pet. There should also be a clear definition between your pet’s waist and hips. If you cannot do any of these two things, it may be time to ask your veterinarian if your pet is at a healthy weight. As well, decreased activity levels and heavy panting are all signs of an overweight pet.

Is it bad for pets to be overweight, even by just a little?

Unfortunately, yes. Here at AMC, we are pet owners just like you and we love to spoil our pets as well with treats and the yummiest food. But, it’s important to remember that over time, being overweight can have many negative effects on your pet’s health such as shorter life span, cancer, osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart disease and more.

Last updated: August 8, 2022.

Dear Clients,

We look forward to seeing you all in person. Your health and safety are important to us. Here is what you can expect during your next visit in regards to our COVID-19 precautions:

  • Masks are mandatory for anyone that wishes to come inside our hospital.
  • Only one client is allowed in the exam room with their pet.
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney.

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre