Weight Management for Pets

Weight management provides you with the tools to manage your pet’s weight. Based on a healthy weight for your pet’s age, breed, lifestyle and other factors, we make recommendations on how to get your furry friend there. Unfortunately, it’s common for pets to be overweight in North America, with over 30% being obese.

How will weight management help my pet?

Weight management is a plan we’ll co-create with you for your pet. It will help them reach their goal weight. This might include adjustments to their diet and lifestyle, like restructuring their diet and incorporating more physical activity. It can be difficult to come to terms with your pet’s obesity. It’s normal to feel guilty, especially since you are entrusted with feeding your furry friend. Try not to be too hard on yourself. We’re here to support you to get your pet’s weight on track.

How does obesity affect pets?

Excess fat takes a toll on your furry family member’s body. Obesity impacts your pet’s quality of life, often shortening their lifespan and increasing the likelihood they’ll develop certain diseases. The extra fat tissue in your pet’s body places more stress on the body’s tissues, making them more susceptible to conditions like heart disease, cancer and osteoarthritis. The best way to confirm if your pet is obese is for our veterinary team to assess them. If you have concerns about your pet’s weight, please schedule an appointment at 403.337.3221.

What adjustments can I make at home to support my pet?

You are your pet’s keeper so it’s important to follow our recommendations as closely as possible so your furry friend will have successful results. Adjustments you might need to make at home include:

  • Adjusting your pet’s diet, like reducing portion sizes or how often they eat
  • Incorporating a new pet food (we have some available for purchase)
  • Limiting unhealthy treats
  • Incorporating healthy snacks like air-popped popcorn and frozen peas

  • Last updated: July 27, 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, heartworm testing, 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.
  • 3. 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.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    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 Carstairs Veterinary Clinic