We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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CBD? Don’t Ask Me.

Even though buying and using marijuana became legal in Ontario in October 2018, it is not legal for anyone other than a medical doctor or nurse practitioner to prescribe it. That means veterinarians are not able to prescribe or recommend the use of CBD in their patients. An believe me; this is a very hot topic right now. People are jumping on the CBD bandwagon, assuming it is the cure for practically everything. They are giving it to their pets already but want some dosage advice. When they ask me, I have to turn them away. It’s frustrating for all of us, but I understand why it has to be this way for now.

We don’t know enough about CBD use in animals yet. The liver processes CBD. So what effect will be experienced if your dog has liver disease? Or if it is already on a medication that is metabolized by the liver? Will it increase or decrease the effects of CBD? And what about the other drug? Will it be more or less effective? Interactions? We just don’t know. Research is being done, and soon we will have doses, instructions and probably even licensed veterinary products. We will have a deeper understanding of how it works and how it interacts with other drugs.

CBD is not a cure-all, miracle medicine, but it is going to be very useful in many diseases and behaviour processes. For now, we’re going to have to contain our excitement and wait until the experts have done extensive research and the red tape is rolled up and put away.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 905.689.8005.

Written by: Dr. Jennifer Merry, DVM

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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” and "drop off" policy to protect our clients and staff. We ask that you follow these steps:
a. When you arrive, please remain outside and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. Please ensure your pet is either in a carrier or has a collar so that we can attach our leash.
b. Once an exam room is ready, we will come to take your pet from you and into an exam room and call you to take a history and talk about any concerns.
c. Once the exam is over we call you with our recommended treatment plan, we can then arrange to take payment over the phone.
d. We will then bring your pet out to you.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday: Closed

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon reopen on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

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