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Holiday Hazards for Our Pets

The holiday season is fast approaching so are the holiday hazards for our pets. As a pet owner, it’s important to be aware of the potential issues that can affect our pets.

When decorating the Christmas tree be aware of your dog’s tail and the ornaments near the bottom of the tree. With my dog, I make sure that the bottom of the tree is clear, as we have lost a few special ornaments. I also make sure that my tree is stable, so it doesn’t pose a threat of falling on top of my curious critter.

Cats and tinsel are never a good combo. If you have cats make sure that your tree is free of tinsel as it can pose a major problem if swallowed. Keeping your cats away from the tree is always a struggle. A simple solution to try would be placing orange peels at the base of the tree, as cats dislike citrus scents.

Poinsettias are a common find in people’s homes during the holiday season. Even though these aren’t toxic to our pets they can cause GI upset if ingested. So, it is best to keep the Poinsettias up and out of the reach of our pets.

Christmas dinner is a fan favourite, but has the potential to be harmful to our furry family members. While we enjoy the holiday meal and you feel your pet is being left out you can treat him/her by offering them a special treat. Whether it be home-baked dog treats (which are my pets favourite) store-bought treats our furry friends will enjoy them all the same. Be sure to keep your pets away from unattended plates of food and always secure lids on garbage cans. Some of our pets can’t resist the smell of the garbage can.

These are just a few pet safety tips on how to make this holiday season a joyous one with our furry family members. It’s always better to be prepared then to have the unexpected happen during this already busy time of year.

Wishing you and yours the happiest and safest holidays season.

Written by: Jennifer, VA

 

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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