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.


The Coyote Tapeworm

In the last few days, we have been fielding a lot of questions about the coyote tapeworm from concerned dog owners. Should they worry? What should they do? Here’s a little bit of information to help you understand.

The coyote tapeworm is Echinococcus multilocularis and has been diagnosed in a small number of dogs in Ontario since 2012. Recently it has been discovered that this tapeworm is present in about 25% of wild canids (foxes, coyotes). Much higher than previously thought. The infection was concentrated most heavily in the western-central part of the province.

Usually, tapeworm infection isn’t a problem because the intestinal form of echinococcus does not make these animals sick. In the normal life cycle of the tapeworm, wild canids shed eggs in their feces, and these eggs are eaten by small rodents, which develop parasitic cysts in their body. When a canid eats the infected rodent, the life-cycle continues, and the parasite grows into the adult stage in the gut then produces more eggs.

Occasionally, however, when something (or someone) eats tapeworm eggs, it can lead to a different form of infection called alveolar echinococcosis (AE). In this form, tumour-like cysts form in various parts of the body, particularly the liver, and can be very challenging to treat by the time it is diagnosed.

Pet dogs that eat feces of foxes or coyotes or rodents (dead or alive) are at risk. These dogs can pass the infection onto their owners. Owners who let their pet sleep in their beds are most likely to ingest the microscopic eggs accidentally.

Dogs that might have contact with wild canid feces or are prone to eating small rodents should be dewormed regularly. Contact your veterinarian for appropriate drug choices based on your dog’s lifestyle. And always practice good hygiene when handling pet feces. Protect your hands from coming in contact and wash immediately afterwards.

Written by: Jennifer Merry BSc (Agr) DVM



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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” and "drop off" policy to protect our clients and staff. We ask that you follow these steps:
a. When you arrive, please remain outside and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. Please ensure your pet is either in a carrier or has a collar so that we can attach our leash.
b. Once an exam room is ready, we will come to take your pet from you and into an exam room and call you to take a history and talk about any concerns.
c. Once the exam is over we call you with our recommended treatment plan, we can then arrange to take payment over the phone.
d. We will then bring your pet out to you.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday: Closed

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon reopen on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

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