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.


Life on Three Legs

When cats sustain traumatic injuries that damage muscles, nerves or bones, the end result is more often than not, a surgical amputation of the leg.  These injuries occur most often in young, outdoor cats.  Recovery from this procedure is excellent, as the cat’s other legs will gradually strengthen and adapt to the shift in weight distribution.

These “disabled” cats are very capable of leading, rich, full lives as “tripods”, or on three legs. The outright adaptability of the feline species is no better exemplified than in the amputee; owners of tripod cats report that their pets are very able to live active lives.

Enrichment in the amputee cat’s home environment is vital to ensuring that they are able to lead as normal a lifestyle as possible.  Accessibility is key and modifications to the home may need to be made to allow tripod cats access to their favourite spots, to their food bowls and to their litter box.  Cats will be cats – they are nimble, agile animals and will not let the loss of a leg stop them from exploring.  Ramps can be built to provide greater ease of access to higher places, such as windowsills.   De-cluttering floor space to allow for more freedom of movement and keeping floor surfaces free from thick carpeting or slippery tiles will also allow more security of movement as your cat explores life on three legs.

A tripod cat should never be allowed outdoors unsupervised, however exercise with a harness and leash is a great idea to help keep kitty physically active and mentally stimulated.  Grooming may also pose a problem for the amputee cat and owners may need to provide their help to reach the areas on their pet’s body that they cannot.

It is crucial that three-limbed cats maintain a healthy weight.  Even the slightest weight gain can severely limit the cat’s mobility, as well as put added strain on their joints and muscles.   As they age, these cats may be more susceptible to osteoarthritis pain and joint inflammation.  Regular physical examinations by their veterinarian are important to be sure that the cat’s body condition stays ideal.

Leg amputations are often more stressful on the cat owner than on the cat themselves it seems.  Ultimately amputee cats should be given their independence as they learn how to cope with having one less leg.


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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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