We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Overweight Dog Help

Pet obesity is a common health problem that may be caused by genetics, high fat diet, overeating, lack of exercise and health problems such as hypothyroidism. Common health problems associated with obesity are lameness and arthritis, diabetes, exercise intolerance, overheating, increased anesthetic and surgical risk.

When is a dog considered to be overweight?

Ideally, you cannot see your dog’s ribs, but you can easily feel them. Your dog should have a waist, and the stomach tucks in behind the rib cage. If you have concerns or questions, please have your veterinarian do a body condition score to analyze your dog’s weight and follow recommendations for a weight correction program.

Are some breeds prone to obesity?

Genetics can play a part in obesity.

Why should my dog have weight loss consultation at the clinic?

Consultation with your veterinarian can lead to a formula and plan for your dog to lose weight safely and successfully. Weight loss programs are designed to keep your dog happy between meals and lose weight safely. Regular weigh-in dates help track the success of the program and lead to a maintenance program for a long and healthy life.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250-743-3223. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock on our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations as long as we have the staff available to maintain the standard practice protocols. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital