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.
We are all aware of the risks of warm weather on our pets but have you ever thought about what the cold weather may do.
Here are a few tips to keep your pet safe this winter.
Wellness exam with your pet’s veterinarian for cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis.
What are your pets limit cold tolerance? Just like you and I, they also have a limit to the cold. This is based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level and overall health. Shorten walks, watch for slippery surfaces especially with elderly pets for we don’t want them to pull a muscle or break something. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease have a harder time keeping body temperature regulated.
Giving your pets lots of comfortable sleeping places throughout the house for at times they may need to be in a warmer area vs. a cooler area of the house. They can move around as needed.
Keep your cat inside during cold weather. Your dog can go out for a short period to relieve themselves but should come right back in. Some of us think that because they have fur, they can handle the cold, but this is not always true.
Check your car in the morning before starting by making noise or gentle taping the side of it to make sure no stray cats are sleeping under the hood.
Check your pets’ paws after coming in from outside. Make sure no snow has built up in them, cracked pads or torn nails. After long walks on salty roads and sidewalks wiping down your dog’s paws will also help from cracking and bleeding.
If you do have a dog with a shorter fur coat buying them a jacket or a sweater to wear outside will keep them warm and looking festive. You can also buy booties to protect their feet during those cold walks.
Bright and colourful collars should be worn for those night walks, and even during the day when snow is coming down heavy, it helps to see your pet easier. Also, microchip your pet if they are known to wonder for snow also can cover familiar scents, and they may not find their way back home.
Keep your pet away from antifreeze spills when out walking. Stay away from ice such as ponds, lakes and rivers for they may not be solid enough to hold your dog’s weight.
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