Weight Management for Pets

A common mistake pet owners make is overfeeding their furry friends. Obesity is common among pets in North America, which shortens their lifespan. Though it might be tempting to feed your pet extra portions when they beg or give them lots of threats throughout the day, these actions can unintentionally have a negative impact on their health. It’s important to lean on the expertise of our veterinarians to understand the best practices for feeding your pet to ensure they receive a healthy, balanced diet.

How do I know if my pet is obese?

It can be difficult to judge your pet’s weight simply by looking at them. Our veterinary team would be able to confirm if your pet is obese. Whenever pets visit us, we record their body weight. If a pet’s weight is over 20% more than their ideal body weight, they’re obese. As a pet owner, it can be easy to blame yourself for your pet’s weight issues because you’re responsible for feeding them. Though you might have good intentions when overfeeding your pet, our team is here to help you develop a plan to manage your furry friend’s weight. Please contact our us for guidance at 403.335.3519. if you have concerns about your pet’s weight.

What is weight management?

Weight management isn’t only about changing your pet’s diet but also educating you about ways you can support your pet’s weight loss. It can be hard to understand what an ideal weight for your pet looks like when representations of overweight pets are normalized in pop culture. Our veterinary team will work with you to unlearn this. This may start with our veterinarians recommending specific foods to kick-start your pet’s weight loss journey.

What can I do to make sure my pet stays on track with their weight loss?

You are one of the most important supporters of your pet’s weight loss. Make sure all of your pet’s caregivers are on the same page about the changes being made to support their weight management. Some of these might include:

  • Substituting treats for healthy snacks like fresh or frozen broccoli, green beans and cauliflower
  • Limiting your pet’s portions, despite their begging or pleading for more food
  • Remaining consistent with the healthy changes you’re integrating
  • Consulting our veterinary team whenever you’re unsure about what’s appropriate to feed your pet

  • 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: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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 Didsbury Veterinary Services