Weight Management for Dogs and Cats

Just like most of us, our furry friends’ weight can fluctuate all throughout their lives. They may gain a few extra pounds if they do not get enough exercise and/or if they have too many yummy treats. They can also be underweight due to a number of different reasons like poor nutrition or a medical condition. Getting your pet back to a healthy weight is not always as simple as reducing or increasing their food intake and taking them out on more or less walks. With the help of our team, you can get your pet on a weight management routine tailored for their particular situation. Call us at 613.695.2060 for more details.

Is it ok for pets to be overweight?

Not at all. It may make them extra cuddly, but excess fat puts your pet at risk of several types of health complications. Overweight/obese dogs, cats and other pets are more likely to develop the following:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Damaged bones and joints
  • Increased complications during surgeries
  • Reduced energy levels
  • and many more!

    What causes excess weight gain in pets?

    Your dog or cat’s weight gain may be caused by a number of different factors. This is why it is so important to seek our advice at the outset. Once your pet has been properly examined and diagnosed, we can provide the appropriate in-hospital treatments and at-home care plan for them. Musculoskeletal, neurological and developmental problems can cause excess weight gain as well as overfeeding, lack of exercise, hypothyroidism, insulinoma, hyperadrenocorticism and other conditions.

    What causes weight loss in pets?

    Being underweight is also a problem for your pets. This may be caused by a wide variety of factors including cancer, dental/intestinal/kidney disease, chronic pain, parasites, diabetes, hyperthyroidism and more. Please contact us right away if you notice drastic weight loss in your pet.

  • Last updated: June 24th, 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: 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 2 pm
    Sunday: Closed

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

    - The team at Bank Street Hospital