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Essential Oils and Your Pets

Essential oils are a natural product produced from plants that are easily evaporated at normal temperatures. They can either let off a nice fragrance and or taste. Oils are extracted from plants in different ways either by cold pressing or heating of the plant. We use essential oils for many different things such as flavouring, aromatherapy, insecticide, herbal remedy and even in personal care products.

These oils though can possibly be toxic to our pets, especially cats. Essential oils are absorbed different ways. Two common ways are orally or on our skin. Oils are then metabolized in the liver. Cats do not have a certain liver enzyme like we do to metabolize and eliminate the toxins from essential oils. Cats are also very sensitive to the structural compound of what makes up an oil. The stronger concentration of the oil the greater risk it is to our cat.

Here is a list of oils that have been known to cause poisoning in cats.

  1. Wintergreen
  2. Sweet Birch
  3. Citrus
  4. Pine
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Clove
  7. Peppermint
  8. Eucalyptus and Tea tree

Just to name a few. There are more than you can look up on the internet to make sure they are safe before using in your home.

If you use these oils to monitor your cat for vomiting, shaking, drooling, breathing concerns either to fast or too slow. You may also note watery eyes and nose and maybe even a cough. If you note any of these symptoms you should call your veterinarian to have your cat seen.

Written by: Christine Attridge – Hardy, Practice 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