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Chocolate & Other Toxic Foods for Your Pets

Most people are aware of chocolate toxicity in dogs, or have experienced it first hand with their own pet. There are, however, a number of other commonly available food items that can cause your pet serious harm. Discussed below is a short but important list of items which owners should avoid intentionally giving to their pets.

Garlic and onions, leeks, shallots and chives can cause damage to red blood cells, resulting in anemia. Watch for these to be hidden in sauces, soups, hummus, seasonings, etc.

Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in some animals. There appears to be individual sensitivity to these products, but unfortunately no ability to predict which pets are at risk based on breed, age, etc.

Alcohol is toxic to pets if consumed in high enough quantities, with depression, collapse, and coma possible in some cases. Other than the obvious sources, ingestion of unbaked bread and eating rotton/fermenting apples can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Xylitol, an increasingly common artificial sweetener, can cause severely low blood glucose and liver failure. It is found in sugar free gum & candy, baked goods, cereals, desserts and even toothpaste.

Macadamia nuts are capable of causing neurological symptoms such as tremors, elevated temperature, abdominal pain and vomiting. They can be found in a number of baked goods.

Chocolate and caffeine can cause serious neurological symptoms (tremors, elevated temperature, rapid heart rate, vomiting). Aside from chocolate, watch out for these toxins in coffee, tea, ‘energy drinks’, coffee grounds, cocoa garden mulch and drinks containing guarana.

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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 OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

5. 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.

6. 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 countrytails@clappisonvet.com

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