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.



Corn — Filler? Or a dietary legend?

Corn is often referred to as a filler by many people reading the labels of their pets food. However, the truth is that corn is, in fact, a fantastic nutritional benefit to your pet’s diet.

Vitamins, minerals, fats, water, proteins and carbohydrates are what is required to complete and balance a healthy diet. Vitamins and minerals job is to support many organ and immune functions. Fats, carbohydrates and proteins are all essential nutrients required to fuel the body with energy and support muscle function.

Now back to corn — a nutrient that has gotten such a poor review from many. Accused of being a filler, an allergy source and a cheap, unnecessary ingredient. Spoiler alert! They are wrong! Corn is an uncommon allergy. Pets are more likely to have allergies to proteins or the environment such as dust mites, grasses, etc.

Corn is like the MVP of nutrients. When ground down into a powder form, it morphs into a nutritional superhero — supplying a large source of proteins which becomes an excellent source of essential amino acids. You know those little guys that help build and maintain muscle and regulate immune function. It is a source of carbohydrate, therefore, producing energy to maximize the use of the proteins for muscle support. It is known to have more antioxidants than most other foods. Antioxidants are important benefits to overall health. Corn is also an excellent source of Linoleic acid (omega 3 fatty acid). Omega 3 fatty acids are known to lower inflammation.

It helps maintain healthy joints for both you and your pet. It is a source of EPA and DHA to support brain function and combined is an excellent anti-inflammatory. With all those benefits from one tiny nutrient, can you believe it is more than just a filler? If you ask me it’s corn for the win!

Written by: Amy Hanchurick, ACA



What lies beneath... the Benefits of Dental Radiographs

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.

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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