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.


Fall is Upon Us!

Happy Fall!  It is a time of cozy sweaters, warm beverages, fires, leaves, fall hikes and the relief of cooler temperatures. Fall also brings some dangers for pets, which is what we will discuss in this article.

Fall brings us a new planting season, did you know that there is a bevy of poisonous bulbs and garden hazards to watch out for. Mushrooms, crocus, chrysanthemum, clematis, tulip bulbs, crocus bulbs and hyacinth bulbs all pose a threat to our pets.  These things are toxic and cause serious harm, including death if not treated.

Fall also brings fertilizers such as bone and blood meal (as well as other toxic chemicals and fertilizers), which seem harmless due to their organic nature.  These fertilizers actually can cause gastric upset (diarrhea, vomiting etc.), however, one of the biggest dangers is due to the likelihood of the fertilizer clumping in the intestines and causing a blockage.  In the case of a “foreign body,is” an exploratory surgery and removal are almost always required.

We also see increased exposure to antifreeze, rodenticide poisonings as well as sickness from ingesting rotted/moldy composting, plants, and fruits/nuts dropped by trees.  Pet parents must make sure to keep yards safe, tidy, and hazardous materials away from pets’ reach.  In case of accidental poisoning call your veterinarian immediately.  The ASPCA has an app as well for pet parents to download.  One should always call their veterinarian first however, as these situations often require immediate treatment to prevent serious illness or death.

Halloween by far is one of the most dangerous times of the year for our dogs with chocolate toxicity and anxiety from loud noises and constant visitors from trick or treaters being dangers.  Some helpful tips for keeping your dog’s safe at Halloween;

-Do not walk your dog during high traffic times on Halloween if you think that masses of people in costumes and loud noises may spook your dog,

-Keep your pet locked in a room they feel safe in or crate him/her to avoid high anxiety/bolting/charging or any unwanted behaviors.

-Keep candy, chocolate and candy wrappers away from your pets.  Chocolate and candy sweetened with Xylitol are particularly toxic to dogs.  Wrappers pose danger in the form of intestinal/bowel obstruction or “foreign bodies”.

It is imperative that if your pet is exposed to any of these please call your veterinarian or a veterinary emergency hospital immediately.

Not sure how to tell if your pet is stressed or anxious? Here is a list of symptoms/signs.

-refusing to make eye contact

-seeing the whites of their eyes

-being totally still

-tail being held between his/her legs

-tense body

-raised fur

-head bobbing


Keep safe friends and enjoy the fall season.

Written by Tara O’Grady, DDC Manager



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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.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. We will open the door and bring you and your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We ask 1 client per pet please. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm, & Closed on Sundays.

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon are closed until further notice.

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