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.


Lumps and Bumps

One of the more common reasons for people to make appointments for their pet, is for lumps. There are a great variety of lumps that can develop in dogs and cats.  Many are harmless and will not be a problem, but there are some that are not harmless at all.

A good rule of thumb, when a lump is found, is to come in and have it examined.  Some lumps we will be able to tell you what it is right away.  Others, we will be able to give you a list of possibilities of what it could be.  Often, we will need to sample a lump to find out.  The reason to sample is to get a diagnosis, and so that we can plan surgical removal if it is required.  One simple way to do this is a Fine-Needle Aspirate, or F.N.A.  With this method, a sample of cells is collected in a needle and then placed on a slide and sent to a pathologist to be evaluated.  There are several types of lumps for which this can be diagnostic.  For some others, it can give us a category of lumps it may be.  Unfortunately, some types of lumps do not shed cells well and it is difficult to get a diagnosis with an F.N.A. Another problem is very small lumps; they are a very small target from which to get a sample.

Another method for sampling is surgical biopsy when an F.N.A. is not appropriate or diagnostic.  Again, this is important to make a diagnosis, as well as to be able to plan for complete surgical removal.  This is usually performed under a short injectable anesthetic.  A small incision is made and a small piece is taken from the lump and the skin is closed.

As has been discussed, we are doing this in part to plan for removal. Some lumps are benign and we can remove them very closely to the lump edge.  There are other, more aggressive, malignant lumps that require a large margin from the visible edge of the lump because they are growing microscopically in fingers or sheets of cells. With wider margins we have a better chance of complete removal.  The sooner we are able to see a lump, the smaller it is at the time of removal and there is a better chance of it not re-occurring or spreading somewhere else in the body.


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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