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3 Simple Steps to Help You Choose a Chew Toy for Your Dog

Chewing is good for your dog’s mental and physical health. It is important to provide them with plenty of safe and appropriate things to chew on. There are a lot of available chew toys these days to choose from. Which ones are best? Which ones should you avoid?

We hope that this three-step guide helps you find the right toy for your dog:

1. Figure out your dog’s chew personality. Is your dog an Inhaler? Give a treat now you see it, and within seconds it is gone. Is your dog a Destroyer? This is when you give them anything, and they can ruin it within minutes. Or last but not least is your dog a Nibbler? Takes their time and savours whatever you treat to give them.

2. Now that you have figured out what type of chewer your dog is here are some examples of toys or treats that they may like.

  • Inhaler – Firm rubber chew toy.
  • Destroyer – Rawhide treat from your local veterinary clinic.
  • Nibbler – Medium rubber chew toy, stuffed toy.

3. Buy a quality chew toy. Check for hardness. Try pressing your thumbnail into the rubber if it does not make a little indent then it is too hard for your dogs’ teeth. Softness and durability. The toy should not be too soft that your dog can chew it into pieces and swallow the stuffing. Treats should be coated with flavours. This can upset their stomachs. Also, watch the size and shape of the treat. Make sure they are an appropriate size to your pet, so they do not choke on it. Also, try to make sure your toy can be put in the dishwasher or washing machine to keep it clean and disinfected. Lastly, make sure it can provide hours of chewing/playing entertainment.

We hope these tips help you find a toy that dog will enjoy for many months and have healthy clean teeth all the time.

Written by Christine Attridge-Hardy, Practice Manager

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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