Weight Management

Weight Management

A few extra pounds on your pet may make them extra sweet and cuddly for hugs, but it can do more harm than good in the long-term. Here at Delton Veterinary Hospital, we are pet parents like you and we understand how difficult it is to resist spoiling pets with treats and yummy food. If you think your pet may be overweight (or underweight) we can help you get them to a much healthier weight range. With pets, this is more complicated than simply giving them less food and taking them out on more walks. We recommend reaching out to our team at (780) 475-9225 for professional techniques.

What happens when a dog or cat is overweight?
No matter their breed or species, carrying too much weight is bad for all pets. Did you know pets who are overweight or obese are more likely to develop dozens of health complications? Some of these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Decreased life span

  • How can I help my pet lose weight?
    The first step, in our opinion, is to take them to our hospital for a one-on-one consultation. Aside from an inadequate diet and lack of exercise, being overweight may also be a symptom of an underlying disease. During a check-up we can determine the cause of your pet’s weight gain (or weight loss) and provide you with the correct action plan.

    How do I know if my pet is overweight?
    Yes, it’s trickier with pets especially since there is such a wide variety of species and breeds. Some pets are naturally heavier while others are naturally thin (e.g. whippet dogs and greyhounds). A general rule of thumb is if your pet is healthy, you should be able to feel the last row of their ribs underneath their skin without much fat and their shoulders should be wider than their stomachs. Pets at a healthy weight will also have no trouble with physical activities like walking, running, swimming and going up the stairs.

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


    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 (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.


  • Monday to Saturday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sundays: CLOSED
  • Note: We are closed daily for lunch between 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

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

    - Your dedicated team at Delton Veterinary Hospital