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“So Your Pet is a little Chubby”

You have just had your pet at your veterinarian for his/her annual physical exam.  The veterinarian comments that he/she is “a little overweight”.  What does that mean?  We all make the usual excuses such as:

  • “It’s just after Christmas and we over indulged our pets”
  • “It’s winter and we can’t get out for walks as much”
  • “He might lose the weight in the summer”
  • “She’s only gained one pound since last year, that’s not too bad”
  • “She’s only two pounds over weight so what’s all the fuss about?”

Well, research has shown that each of those fat cells are little factories that are pumping out hundreds of potentially toxic compounds called adipokines.  These chemicals cause inflammation which irritates the whole body system.  Inflammation affects the quality of our pets’ life.  He or she will feel tired, lack energy and enthusiasm, ache in many parts of the body and only become excited for the next meal or treat.

A little short term inflammation from an infected paw or ear is not harmful and helps the body fight infection, however, long term, constant and excessive inflammation is bad.  Fat is inflammation and inflammation will lead to diseases such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.  Inflammation will also make pre-existing illnesses worse.  The bottom line is we can prevent and control this inflammation and give our pets a greater quality of life and longer life.

Discuss your concerns with your veterinarian and find out how we can help your pet decrease his/her inflammation.

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Last updated: December 14, 2021

Dear Clients,

With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in our region, we are temporarily moving back to curbside service. Effective Tuesday, December 14th we are not allowing clients in exam rooms with their pets. Here is what you can expect:

  • Come in to let us know that you're here for your appointment. 2 clients will be allowed at a time in our reception area for food and med pick up and to inform us that they are here for their appointment.
  • Please wait in your car after letting us know you've arrived. Once you have notified us that you are here for your appointment we ask that you wait in your car and we will come out and collect your furry family member for their appointment.
  • The doctor will call once the appointment is done and you can then come back to the reception desk to take care of the invoice and collect your furry family member.
  • Face masks are required when interacting with our team and entering the building. Please sanitze your hands if you come inside.
  • Food and medication pick-ups inside. If there are more than 2 people in our waiting area, we ask that you wait outside until there is sufficient space.
  • Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
  • These measures are temporary and we will reassess as time goes on. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team. Together, we can all help in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (613) 542-7337.

    ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Tuesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    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.

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

    - Your dedicated team at Kingston Veterinary Clinic