Weight Management for Pets

Obesity in pets is often overlooked. Pet obesity is estimated to be over 50% in dogs and cats. An easy way to tell if your pet is at a healthy weight is to consult your veterinarian. Here at Sims Animal Hospital we can assist you with getting your pet to a healthy weight for their age and breed.

What does obesity look like in pets?

Obesity is the buildup of excess body fat. The excessive body fat translates into extra body weight. Our veterinarians measure your pet’s body weight to determine if they are obese. Pets are considered overweight when they weigh between 10-20% above their ideal body weight. They are classified as obese when they are 20% over their ideal body weight. If you have questions about your pet’s weight, please contact our team to provide an estimated ideal body weight for your pet. Schedule an appointment at 613.531.3334.

What are the risks associated with obesity in my pet?

Excessive body fat puts your pet at a higher risk for developing health issues. Obesity is known to shorten the lifespan of pets. Fat tissues can release inflammatory hormones and cause an imbalance between oxidant activity and free radical activity within your loyal companion. This stress in your pet can put them at risk for:

  1. Urinary bladder stones
  2. Cancer
  3. Heart disease
  4. Hypertension
  5. Diabetes

How can I manage my pet’s weight?

Once our team has identified that your pet is overweight, we will have a weight loss program specific to their needs. Our veterinarians consider your pet’s metabolism, lifestyle, breed and feeding schedule when creating a program for them. We believe that weight loss should include more than just dieting, we encourage exercise, caloric restriction and a specialized diet. Here are some behaviour modifications you can implement at home:

  • Limit your pet’s treats. As a form of reward you can give your pet praise and play instead of treats. Treats should only make up 10% of the daily calories your pet consumes.
  • Encourage your furry friends to exercise. Some dogs may benefit from regular walks or playing fetch. Cats enjoy hunting and stalking simulation which will make them more physically active.
  • Schedule your pet’s meal times if your lifestyle allows it. Leaving out food may cause your pets to eat more than what they need.
  • Follow the diet or special nutrition given by the veterinarian. The special diet that we create for your pet will get them to a healthy weight if followed correctly. Our veterinary health care team will recommend foods that give your pets the right nourishment and instructions on how to adjust their meals.

  • Last updated: July 13, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more


  • Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, we are allowing a maximum of 2 clients into the hospital for food and medication pick up only.
  • Face masks are still required to enter the building.
  • Our “closed waiting room” policy will remain in effect for all appointments to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 613.531.3334. 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 to offer 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, click on the “Online Store” button on the menu above.
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, click on the “Online Consultation” button on the menu above.

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: Closed
    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    – Your dedicated team at Sims Animal Hospital