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.

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Tips for Giving Treats to Your Pets!

When giving treats the number one rule to remember that your pet is more excited about the attention they are getting rather than the treats themselves. Substitute an activity or a good belly rub and your pet will be equally happy. The goal is to reward your pet without packing on the pounds. Here are some tips you can use to continue to give treats without adding to your pet’s waistline.

  1. Toss their kibbles from their meal as treats for them to catch and eat.
  2. Place treats around the house so they have to “hunt” for them.
  3. If they do not have any joint issues, put treats up and down stairs to give them some extra activity.
  4. Put treats in a toy like a buster cube or food puzzle.
  5. Veggies are often a good choice if you’re going to use human food – check to make sure they are safe for your pet before offering. Here are some good options.
  6. Use treats to teach a new trick or enhance the ones they already know.

The best option is placing their allotted amount of food aside every morning. Throughout the day the whole family can easily grab some kibbles from there to give as treats. The benefit is that it helps eliminate double or over feedings. No more guessing if they need more food or missed a meal.

When treats are given make sure to check the calories on the nutritional guide. Treats should not count for more than 10% daily calories. Some treats can contain more calories than their entire daily calorie limit! Also make sure to decrease their regular food by the amount of the treats. If you are not sure what the calorie limit of your pet could be, it is definitely worth coming into Clappison Animal Hospital for your free nutritional consult during our Weight Management season during July & August. We highly recommend attending our Weight Management Course on August 13th at the clinic.

Recommended treats: Purina Light Snackers, Medical Medi treats, CET Chews, Hill’s Hypo treats, Feline Fiber treats.

For more information on best practices for feeding your pet, please reach out to the veterinary team at Clappison Animal Hospital!

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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