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.
August 15th is National Microchipping Day! So this month we are talking about getting your pet microchipped.
Why should you microchip? Microchips are almost worldwide in cats and dogs. They are a quick and easy way to reconnect a lost pet to its owner. Even the most loyal of dogs and cats can wander off at times and not be able to find their way back home. Having a microchip ensures your four-legged pal finds their way back to you.
What is it? Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. They are implanted just under the skin above the muscle layer usually between the shoulder blades. They are encoded with a number that can be read at most shelters, pet stores, and animal clinics with the wave of a wand (or digital chip reader). Once the scanner has read the chip number, whoever has found your pet gets to work, calling the microchip company to let them know your friend has been found. The company will then contact you and let you know where you can go to pick up your wandering spirit! Microchips aren’t like a “Find My Phone,” where they emit a tracking signal. They cannot be tracked or located only scanned.
When do I get it? The best time to have a microchip implanted is during surgery. You can do this with dental cleaning, spay, neuter, or whatever! It’s often the least stressful for the patient if we implant while they are sedated. With that said, we can implant a chip while the pet is wide awake. With a little distraction and treats, most pets won’t even notice their chip!
If you have any questions regarding microchipping, give us a call at 905.727.9449.
Dental disease in pets is an important topic in veterinary medicine and is constantly evolving. We have noticed an increasing amount of interest in the concept of dental cleaning and scaling of a pets’ teeth without the use of anesthesia.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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, and more! If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
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 905-727-9449. 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm - Friday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!