Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Pet Safety During Fireworks Season

Happy Canada Day, everyone! All the fun and festivities of summer begin with this celebration, but it can be more distressing than fun to our pets. Each year, we hear about pets going missing or experiencing extreme distress during fireworks events. So, we have compiled a list of some helpful tips to make things a bit less stressful for both you and your pets.

  1. Do not take dogs to fireworks events. The noise, bright flashing lights, and the crowds can be most distressing to even the calmest of dogs. The risk of flight is very high for dogs at these events.
  2. Keep pets indoors during fireworks events. Whether these events are held in your local neighbourhood or parks, keeping pets in the back yard is not a secure or safe place during fireworks. Pets often escape and go missing from yards during fireworks season.
  3. Provide pets with a safe, comfortable, and quiet place in the house. Turn on the television or radio to help mask the sound of fireworks. Close the curtains to block the flashing lights. If you have a basement, this is often a place that is better insulated from sound above ground. Provide food or a treat a such as a stuffed Kong for dogs if they are not too fearful or distressed to eat. Cats will often find a quiet corner to hide. Be sure to leave them a litter box close by for their comfort and to avoid any messy accidents.
  4. If you know that your pet has a serious aversion to the noise, consult with your veterinarian about temporary solutions such as anti-anxiety medications or mild sedatives. Some dogs respond well with the use of a Thunder shirt which is placed snugly around the body for comfort. There is also a natural calming pheromone found in products such as Adaptil that come in a plug-in format or a spray. However, these products should be used in advance of a stressful situation for better effectiveness.
  5. Fireworks are toxic! Keep fireworks safely out of reach of your pets. If your pet chews or consumes a firework, please seek veterinary assistance immediately.

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet and their reaction fireworks, give us a call.!

We hope everyone has a safe and fun summer season!

Written by: Jill Whitfield, A.H.T, Practice Manager

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From August 31st to October 3rd, we are running a special promotion for the well-being of our feline patients.  We understand that bringing your cat to see the vet can be a bit stressful for some pets and their people too.  If you find this process challenging, give us a call at 416.537.3128 to speak with one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians for helpful tips on fear-free vet visits for cats.

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Last updated: July 30, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

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

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


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!

- Your dedicated team at Annex Animal Hospital