We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.


Morphometric Measurements

Morphometrics (from Greek μορϕή “morphé”, meaning ‘shape’ or ‘form’, and μετρία “metría”, meaning ‘measurement’) refers to the quantitative analysis of form. Morphometrics analyzes lengths, widths, masses, angles, ratios and areas. Morphometric data is a measurement of size.

It’s all Greek to me! What does all that mean to you when we perform this test on their pet? Accuracy. Even with all our experience it can sometimes be a challenge to determine a pet’s ideal weight. Is the patient really just fluffy? Is the pet big boned? This test allows us to take away any guesswork.

Hill’s has developed a Healthy Weight Protocol using morphometric measurements which is clinically proven to be more effective at determining ideal weight.  The morphometric measurements were developed during a multi-year study at the University of Tennessee using extensive statistical modeling. It is an objective assessment based on science rather than subjective evaluation (like Body Condition Scoring) based on opinion and perception. Another measurement for size is the Body Fat Index (BFI). This is an estimation of the amount of body fat a pet has. A BFI over 25% is considered overweight. The program takes the morphometric measurements and the BFI to calculate your pet’s ideal weight. This information will guide us in developing an individualized weight loss plan for your pet.

When you pet comes in for a complimentary nutritional consult we will decide if the test is required based on body condition and BFI. The test is only performed on overweight pets with a body score of more than 5/9 or BFI of over 25%.  However, we can still calculate feeding programs for underweight and ideal weight patients. It is a very quick procedure. For cats there are six measurements that take 2-3 minutes to complete. For dogs there are four measurements that take 1-2 minutes to complete. The test works on all breeds of cats and dogs. It is not recommended for growing puppies/kittens or pregnant/nursing pets.

Book your pet’s Complimentary Nutritional Consult today!

Reference: Hill’s Canada



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. We will open the door and bring you and your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We ask 1 client per pet please. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm, & Closed on Sundays.

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon are closed until further notice.

5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

7. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

8. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital