Weight Management for Pets

A common error among pet owners is over feeding their pets. Although you mean well, leaving out your pet’s foods can result in health risks for your furry friend. Currently over 50% of pets suffer from obesity. Proper feeding habits and the right foods will keep your pet at a healthy weight. You can trust us to properly evaluate your pet’s condition so they remain in good shape all their life. Call us at 204.452.9010 to schedule an appointment for your pet’s weight management.

What happens if my pet is overweight?

Pets that are overweight generally have reduced energy. They will become less active as their organs work overtime to function. Overweight pets often have:

  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Urinary bladder stones

    My pet is overweight, how can I get them to a healthy weight?

    If your pet is already overweight, we recommend working with our veterinarians to determine your pet’s ideal healthy weight and create a plan to achieve it. You control what and how much your pet eats, and by following your veterinarian’s instructions your pet will get to a healthy weight. Your veterinarian may recommend changes such as:

  • Exercise – In order to burn calories your veterinarian may recommend aerobic/ high-cardio activities like swimming and running.
  • Special diets/ nutrition – This could include special foods that provide the right amount of fibre, protein and antioxidants. A veterinarian may also recommend you reduce or remove certain foods from your pet’s diet.
  • Schedule meal times – The practice of leaving out food for pets to eat does more harm than good. With scheduled meal times, your pet is less likely to consume more than they need.

  • 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.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 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 (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".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Sunday and Holidays: Closed

    4. 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!

    - The team at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital