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DIY Paw Protector

Our winters are hard on our pups paws. Everything from the cold temperatures, frost, ice, snow, salt can cause discomfort to Fido’s feet. The best prevention we can recommend is booties, but let’s be honest, for most of our dogs it’s only a matter of a few shakes of the paws before they come flying off.

Below is an easy DIY recipe for homemade paw protecting wax that will help with moisturizing and providing a protective barrier against the elements during the next frosty months.

Supplies you need:

  • 21-24 standard lip balm tubes OR 6 1-oz. tins
  • A small digital kitchen scale, optional
  • Small pot or double boiler

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) olive, sunflower, or sweet almond oil
  • 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) coconut oil
  • 1 oz. (approx. 1 tbsp.) shea butter
  • 4 tsp. beeswax

Instructions:

  1. In a small pot or double boiler over low heat melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.
  2. Carefully pour the mixture into lip balm tubes and/or tin
  3. Let them cool on the counter until hard.
  4. Cap and label.
  5. Keep away from extreme heat.
  6. Apply the balm as a preventive treatment or to help soften dry paw pads or noses.

Other methods that help protect pads are trimming and wiping. Trimming the fur between and around the pads will prevent snow and ice from forming into snowballs that can lead to chaffing and chapping. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, a professional can always help. Also, wiping your dog’s feet before he comes inside will help to remove any de-icing products and ice balls that might have formed.

Written by: Sheila McNiven, Doggie Day Care Manager

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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. 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 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