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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tick Prevention Recommended
Tick prevention remains a priority for our pets this spring: As the temperatures rise above 4 degrees, ticks become active and quest for food. Toronto Parks, woodland trails, grassy regions, and leaf piles all have the potential to contain ticks just waiting to hitch a ride on pets and humans. As we are already seeing pets with ticks this spring, our veterinarians feel that it is important to maintain vigilance by using tick protection on our pets.
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
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. 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: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm TUESDAY - FRIDAY: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm SATURDAY: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!