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.
Most cat owners are aware of hairballs – tubular wads of hair vomited up. They are considered by and large a normal part of feline existence. Owners and veterinarians alike have become complacent to these slimy grey-brown emissions wipe it up and get on with your day, no big deal.
Not so fast – it could be a big deal or the beginning of one. When one observes domestic and wild felines, hairballs seem to be a uniquely domestic cat issue, despite very similar anatomy and grooming habits. So why should we continue to ignore them when they occur every few weeks or months. The answer is we shouldn’t.
It is normal for a small amount of hair to be ingested on a daily basis for all cats via grooming. This will typically mix with the food and be discharged along with the stool, without issue. If excessive amounts of hair are swallowed or there are illnesses affecting the motility of the bowel, then problems can arise. Increased intake of hair can result from over-grooming related to stress or pain, skin disease or obsessive compulsive type behaviours. Gastrointestinal motility problems can arise from a number of diseases including pancreatitis, liver disease, inflammatory bowel, dietary intolerance and bowel cancer to name a few.
The take home message is simple. Vomiting hairballs should not be shrugged off as normal for cats and therefore ignored. Consider at the very least talking to one of our Clappison veterinarians or support staff about potential causes for hairballs. In some cases an examination and bloodwork may be needed to rule in or out a few things, before devising a treatment plan for your kitty. Please don’t hesitate to call us.
There are many signs of dental disease such as tartar, gingivitis, bleeding, not eating. Sometimes your veterinarian can see a tooth that’s loose or that the enamel is damaged. The tricky part is that teeth are like little icebergs and much of the tooth is below the gum line.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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. 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.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
6. GROOMING SERVICES
If your pet requires grooming, please give us a call and we will put your name on a list. Our groomer Stephanie will contact you directly to schedule an appointment.
7. COUNTRY TAILS DOGGIE DAYCARE
As of Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Country Tails Doggie Daycare is open! Their temporary hours of operation are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. You may get touch with one of our daycare team members at (905) 690-8005 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital