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.


Pet Weight Management Tips

Clappison Animal Hospital is dedicated to proper nutrition and a healthy diet for your pet. During Weight Management season at our Waterdown veterinary clinic we want to make sure that our clients and Flamborough community understand the big role your pet’s weight plays in his or her overall health. Since the goal of Clappison Animal Hospital is keeping your pet at its optimal level of health, Weight Management season can be one of the most important times to educate yourself as a pet parent. This week we will be posting a series of tips with easy steps you can take as a pet owner to keep your pet’s weight at a comfortable and safe level.

Tip #1:
How to tell if your pet may be the F-word. (Fat)

By putting your hands on each side of your dog or cat’s rib cage, you should be able to feel each individual rib without much difficulty. In some cases, you may notice the ribs sticking out. This can be a sign of underweight; in which case you could also benefit from learning more about weight management. If you cannot feel any ribs there is a good chance your pet is overweight. When looking at your pet from the side, ask yourself these questions: Is his belly tucked up slightly or does it hang down? Though it varies from breed to breed, you should be able to notice some type of waist line in your pet. If your cat or dog is underweight, you will most definitely see a tuck. If your cat or dog is overweight, you will notice no waist and/or their belly hanging down low.

Tip #2:
Understand why being overweight is a problem.

Pets who suffer from being overweight are at high risk for developing more health problems. Problems such as added stress on their heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and joints. Some of these problems can be life threatening, as we will see a higher proneness to diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, immune dysfunction and even cancerous tumors. Pet parents who understand that your pet’s diet & nutrition is imperative to their overall well being will have a better chance of succeeding at a weight loss plan for their fur baby.

Stay tuned throughout the week as we continue to reveal important steps to helping you understand your pet’s weight and nutrition level, and never hesitate to call us at Clappison Animal Hospital in Waterdown to book your complimentary Nutritional consult until Aug. 31st!



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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