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Westside Veterinary Clinic

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4736 Country Club Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573-893-7707
Fax: 573-893-7194

Office Hours

Day
Monday7:00am5:30pm
Tuesday7:00am5:30pm
Wednesday7:00am5:30pm
Thursday7:00am5:30pm
Friday7:00am5:30pm
Saturday9:00am12:00pm
Sunday
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Welcome to our blog! We have put together a list of commonly asked questions we hear in our exam rooms at Westside. Hopefully these will be both helpful and bring a smile to your face.  We love chatting with you and if you have any suggestions or other questions please feel free call or message us at 573-893-7707 or wvcreception@embarqmail.com. 

How Fluffy Should Fluffy Be?

Probably the top two questions pertaining to food that we hear are: “How much should I be feeding my dog?”, and the ever-sensitive subject of “Do you think Fluffy is over weight?”.

Well I’m always one to jump in headfirst so lets talk about healthy weights for our furry friends.  Below you’ll find a chart veterinarians use as a guideline for a healthy body condition score. General guidelines taught in vet school are that pets ribs should not be visible but should be able to be felt with gentle pressure. Another good guideline is if you are looking down at your dogs’ back they should have an hourglass figure.

Compare your pet to the chart below. If they look similar to any of the dogs above a 5, they are medically considered overweight and could benefit from a diet change or more exercise. If they are below a 4, they would be considered a little thin and would benefit from increased calorie intake.

                              

(Click chart to view in larger format)

The struggle with weight management comes in when we see those sweet puppy eyes begging for a treat! We all love giving our babies treats but they usually pack more calories than we expect. Check out our "Treats To Try" blog for some healthy alternatives that your fur babies will adore you for sharing with them!

As for how much you should be feeding your pup, it depends on several things such as weight, age, exercise level and what type of food you are feeding. Blugh…. seems rather complicated doesn’t it? Well it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together a few websites where you can match your pets’ lifestyle to the amount of food they should be eating. Many of these are made by food companies such as Royal Canin, Purina, and Hills and will be really helpful if you are already feeding your pet one of these foods.

 Many bags of dog food have a chart listed on the bag that will tell you how much you need to feed your dog based on their age as well.

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Request An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.

Working at Westside

Working at Westside

Westside's mission is to enrich the lives of pets and their people by providing quality, compassionate veterinary care throughout all of the pet’s life stages.  We are always accepting applications for pet and people-oriented individuals that will complement our dedicated veterinary care team. Should a position become available, we will review our current applications before posting.

Office Hours

Day
Monday7:00am5:30pm
Tuesday7:00am5:30pm
Wednesday7:00am5:30pm
Thursday7:00am5:30pm
Friday7:00am5:30pm
Saturday9:00am12:00pm
Sunday

News and Updates

Click here for Dr. Brady's Interview on KWOS!!!


Click on the icon below to view and shop through our Online Pharmacy!

Your orders are delivered to your door, and they even have auto-ship options for foods, preventatives, and medications (many times with a discount)!!


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Use the Pet Portal access through Rapport! You can view your pet's information, as well as request refills and requests appointments, all in one place! Click Here for Rapport!.

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Meet the Team:

Jill Brady, DVM

Dr. Jill Brady is a 1996 graduate from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She started her veterinary career at Westside Veterinary Clinic as a kennel person before entering vet school... Read More


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