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.

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Intestinal Parasite (Fecal) Testing

Most intestinal parasites are worms. They live in your pet’s body, growing to adulthood in the intestinal tract. Three of the most common types of intestinal parasite in dogs are Roundworms, Hookworms, and Whipworms. While not all parasites can be passed to humans it is better to be cautious. Parasites can be very harmful to people especially children or immune-compromised adults. Intestinal parasite eggs are incredibly resistant to environmental changes and can remain dormant in the soil for several years before infecting your pet or a member of your family. In some cases, intestinal parasites can be passed from a pregnant or nursing mother to her puppies or kittens, which is why most veterinarians recommend deworming shortly after birth and for several months afterwards. There are also other organisms called Giardia and Coccidia.

Each parasite follows its own lifecycle, but there are commonalities in how they are contracted:

  • The ingestion of feces
  • The ingestion of raw meat or animal remains in the environment
  • The ingestion of infected soil

To find out if your pet has been infected we require a sample of fresh feces from your pet. We send the sample to the lab for testing and usually receive the results within 48 hours. This yearly test can be performed anytime of the year. A vet will call if the test is positive to discuss the best course of treatment.

Aside from veterinary treatment there are ways to reduce the risk of infection in the first place. Learn to recognize and avoid possible contaminated soil, sand, plants and other objects. Teach children to do the same.

  • Keep play areas, lawns, parks around your home free of animal waste
  • Bag and dispose of pet and wildlife feces
  • Cover sandboxes when not in use
  • STOOP AND SCOOP

Pet safety is a community responsibility; let’s make sure our Waterdown and area animals enjoy a parasite free spring, summer & fall!

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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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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