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Weight Management for Pets

As animal lovers and pet lovers ourselves, we also can’t help but spoil our loyal companions from time to time. We give them the best toys, services and food available. With this in mind, maintaining a healthy body weight can be a challenge for pets and other types of animals. There are also some pets, such as those in their senior years, who have a tendency to be underweight. Obesity and being overweight/underweight can make dogs, cats and other pets more prone to diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory conditions and liver diseases. Our team here at Coastland can help you get your weight down or up to a healthier level.

How do I know if my cat/dog is overweight?

An assessment of your pet’s body condition, performed by a veterinarian or veterinary technician, is the best way to determine whether or not your pet is overweight. Our team will be able to determine your pet’s body condition score during an in-clinic appointment.

How can I help my cat/dog lose or gain weight?

Encouraging your pet to take part in various physical activities such as play, jumping, walking, running and doing tricks will increase their activity levels. The key is to be consistent with these lifestyle changes and make sure that your pet is rewarded with positive reinforcement. In terms of gaining weight, we can recommend specific treatment actions for your pet, depending on their specific needs.

What is offered during a nutritional consultation?

Dietary recommendations, a discussion of lifestyle changes and an outline of goals for weight loss and management are all covered during a consultation. Our nutritional plans vary depending on your pet and your personal routines and preferences.

Last updated: July 28, 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.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 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 Coastland Veterinary Hospital