Weight Management for Pets

Responsible pet ownership means monitoring the amount and types of foods that your pet consumes daily. Sadly, a huge percentage of pets suffer from obesity. At Southglen Veterinary Hospital, our team can guide you to help get your pet to a healthier weight. We can recommend the types of foods and amounts along with lifestyle changes your pet needs to stay healthy.

What happens when my pet is overweight?

Overweight pets are more likely to develop other health conditions that can be serious. Your pet may become uncomfortable carrying the extra weight. Overweight pets can develop arthritis, high blood pressure, urinary bladder stones, diabetes, heart problems and even cancer.

Can I feed my pet human foods?

Our veterinarians generally recommend feeding your pet food that is made specifically for them. It is best to avoid feeding them human food, as their dietary needs are different. If you decide to feed your pet human food, there are some that you should completely avoid. You should never allow your furry friend to eat raisins, chocolate, candy, coffee, tea, apple seeds, alcohol or salt. Foods that contain these ingredients can also be deadly.

If you suspect your pet has eaten something not meant for their consumption, we encourage you to contact us immediately. Our hospital can provide urgent care for your pet in times of need. Call us at 204-452-0077.

What can I do to help control my pet’s weight?

A veterinarian can determine your pet’s ideal healthy weight based on their age, breed or size. Based on this information you can work with our team to get your pet to a healthy weight.

Here are some tips to help your overweight pet achieve a healthy weight:

  • Exercise. We encourage fur parents to include playtime in their pet’s routine. With regular exercise, your pet burns more fat and gets closer to a healthy weight.
  • Schedule meal times. We strongly advise against leaving out food for your pet to eat at their own free will. This can encourage overeating.
  • Diet or special nutrition. As long as your pet is getting the right amount of nutrients they need it is acceptable to adjust their meals. Your veterinarians may recommend foods rich in proteins, fibre, antioxidants and other nutrients.

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    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.


    This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • 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".

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 12:00 am (midnight)
    Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 12:00 am (midnight)


    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 Southglen Veterinary Hospital