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.


Fall Changes

With the trees changing colour, so have our daily schedules. Gone are the late-night dinners, relaxing outdoor hours to be thrown back to the hustle and bustle of school, various clubs, events, teams sports. It’s a change that we have adjusted to over the years, but if you have a new pet, this is big and scary.

Our pets do not measure time; they know that everyone is not where they are supposed to be. It can promote some unwanted stress and or behavioural changes.

I experienced this with our newest rescue member, Mats. He is a robust, energetic Boston Terrier who is impatient for everything. Anyone who is lucky enough to be the chosen one of these characters knows that they are stubborn, clingy, independent, all rolled into a 10-pound bouncing ball of squirrel.

He started chewing everything, and I mean everything, shoes (again mine seems to be a constant theme with my pets), furniture, towels and digging holes in the yard so deep you could only see his cute little tail. These were relatively minor in comparison to the jumping, excessive licking, biting your hand that we finally had to draw the line.

Overstimulated and insecure were a common theme. Just closing the door to a room for less than 5 minutes, he would be almost inconsolable.

Exercise is the biggest deterrent for his behaviour, and he requires a lot. We took away some of the toys which seemed to feed his anxiousness; balls were a big trigger.

Getting back to a routine has helped. Getting him out of bed earlier, playing outside before dinner with him and his partner in crime, hide the toys during the day, be ready to fend off the sneaky lick attack.

There are many options that can help with this unwanted behaviour, speak to your veterinarian to come up with a plan that will best suit your pet and your family’s needs. These therapies can be used just for stressful events or on a daily basis; each pet and situation is different.

We never want not to enjoy all that our pets bring to our lives by these unwanted behaviours. Speak to the knowledgeable professionals at your hospital after all that what’s we do, what we were trained for, and where our passion lies.

Make the positive changes that will not only benefit our pet’s health but you as well.

Don’t forget those pesky ticks are back, and they are hungry!

Written by: Sue Markell, Practice Manager



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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” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-544-7387. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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.

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 Barriefield Animal Hospital