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.


Lessons from a Leashed Dog

We live in frustrating times.  For dogs and humans.  Regulations, rules, laws and restrictions abound; in many ways, like our dogs, we are tied up. What can our leashed dogs teach us?  The cure for our frustrations.

The fourth century Stoic Roman philosopher Seneca believed that anger, and thus frustration, can be controlled, even nullified, if we take the time to consider that life isn’t supposed to be as we expect it to be.

We can learn much from the example our dogs set: even we have “leashes” that keep us restrained.  As Seneca wrote, “[t]here are conditions of our existence that we cannot change, so it is best to adopt a noble spirit towards them”.  Unlike our dogs we use our reason to see the futility of fighting against certain restraints. In fact, are able to “act freely within the length of our leashes”; the sooner we realize this, the happier we will be.

Our leashes are long enough to give us some freedom, but not long enough to allow us to move wherever we want.  As Seneca pointed out it is often far better to follow along with the rules rather than constantly fighting against constraints that we cannot change.  A lesson that most puppies learn after leash-training.

Why not make the most of life’s little liberties?

In Hamilton it all began with a pilot project in September of 1999 involving the local
SPCA and public advocates for dog freedoms. Now the City of Hamilton currently oversees eight leash-free zones for dogs in the city limits, with more prospective locations currently before city council.

Treat yourself, treat your dog.  Go unleashed.



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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