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.
Rabies is described as “a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid.” It is a fatal zoonotic disease that poses a serious public health threat. The incubation period can vary from 3 – 12 weeks, but can occasionally be earlier. Rabies is a disease of the brain which ultimately results in death.
What is the risk? The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports that since 2014 there have been over 500 confirmed cases of Rabies in animals such as raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Hamilton and the surrounding area alone have had over 400 cases.
What are the signs? Clinical signs of rabies are variable and include inappetence, dysphagia, cranial nerve deficits, abnormal behaviour, ataxia, paralysis, altered vocalization, and seizures. Death usually occurs shortly after signs appear.
How to Prevent: The risk is significantly reduced when our pets are properly vaccinated. Keep cats indoors and monitor your dog when they are outside. It will help reduce the risk of exposure. Be wary of stray animals in your neighbourhood as you won’t know their vaccine history. If you are taking care of a stray is best to try and get it to a veterinarian to have examined and vaccinated for both their safety and yours. Also, be very aware of wildlife in your area. Never approach them even if they seem very friendly. It is best to be safe and contact your local animal control to have them removed.
Who to call: In the case that you or your pet had a bite contact with a potentially rabid animal call the City of Hamilton Public Health (905) 456-2489. For people, contact your physician. For your pet, contact your veterinarian.
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