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.
For as long as I have worked in the veterinary industry I have heard about every comment on the cost of veterinary diets. I have been told that the veterinarians get a commission, that they are not well educated in pet nutrition. But let me stop you right there! Your trusty veterinarian spent many years in post-secondary school learning specifically about animals, their illnesses, their anatomy and their nutrition. Your veterinary clinic advocates the health and well-being of your pet, not usually the person behind the counter at the local pet store. Don’t get me wrong pet stores are great and useful for many things, but your pets optimal diet should not be one of them. Let’s be real would you really shop in the produce department if a fresh produce stand was just as available? With our own food, we have the opportunity to know the very ground it came from or was raised on. Shouldn’t it be the same for our pets?
With purchasing your food at your veterinary clinic, you can be assured that what you are feeding your furry family member is the best you can feed them. There have been a series of tests run on the ingredients before they enter the plants and has gone through vigorous testing before even being packaged to leave. Each of their diets there has been scientifically formulated and tested for very specific life stages for your pet. Many of the veterinary diet companies do not have TV commercials as they have chosen to put those funds into the food itself, not the media. For many pet store brands do not always follow these same standards. Veterinary diets are designed to specifically benefit what has been proven to be the best for the animal, whereas most store lines are meant to appeal more to the owner.
With a veterinary diet, the ingredients are always consistent, whereas some store brands will vary based on what is cheapest. Therefore, your pet’s food could be coming from various suppliers instead of one regular one.
The fact is that your veterinarian knows your pet and its risk for certain illnesses and can properly prescribe you a proper and healthy diet for your pet. It is something that your pet store will not be able to do in the same manner. No matter what courses they take, they will likely never be your veterinarian.
If you have any questions, give us a call at 905.689.8005.
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.
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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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