Weight Management for Pets

Your pet’s weight plays a major role in their long-term well-being. A lack of exercise, discipline and nutrition can cause your pet to become obese. If your pet is not the right size for their breed, this can lead to diseases and discomfort, like arthritis. It can be hard for pet owners to notice that their pet is gaining weight. However, our veterinarians are skilled experts and can tell right away during a veterinary exam. If you cannot feel your pet’s ribs easily or they are panting when they walk, these may be signs your pet is overweight. To know for sure, book an appointment by calling 250.591.4050.

What happens during a weight management consultation?

When you bring your pet in for their annual veterinary exam, we will do a thorough evaluation of their body. We will weigh them, feel their body for abnormalities or extra skin and share our findings with you on the spot. Our veterinarians know each breed’s ideal weight. If your pet is overweight or reaching obesity, we will recommend nutrition plans, exercises and disciplinary practices that will familiarize your pet with a new eating schedule and a life of less treats.

How can I help my pet lose weight at home?

The most important action you can take is promising yourself to be committed. Helping your pet lose weight is a lifestyle change for you and your pet’s human friends. Let your pet’s allies know that your pet is on a weight management plan, so they will know not to give your pet treats or food off schedule. Get your pet exercising more by engaging in their favourite physical activities. Be careful not to overwork them. Ensure you’re feeding your pet the portions you were instructed to give by our veterinarians. If you stick to the plan created for you, your pet’s progress will be effective and smooth.

When can we stop the weight management sessions?

We prefer to never say never but, in this case, never. Weight management is an ongoing process that helps us monitor your pet as they age. Just like humans, when pets get old their needs change. Sometimes they will develop conditions that make it difficult to eat or move. This will cause them to gain weight, which will only shorten their life. We will be weighing your pet at every veterinary exam to ensure they are always at their best.

Last updated: April 5, 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.


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

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

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

    - The team at Chase River Veterinary Hospital