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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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

It’s something that we hope never happens to our pet – they accidentally get out of our house or yard, and they go missing. Have you increased the likelihood of being reunited with your pet? According to EIDAP1, a popular microchip company, pets are 20 times more likely to be reunited with their family if they have a microchip.

A microchip can be an extra source of identification for your pet. Often, indoor cats don’t wear collars with identification, and our dog’s tags can fall off. Tattoos are no longer a reliable source for identification, as there is no database to track tattoos to a particular pet or owner. They may also become illegible over time. A microchip can be placed while your pet is awake. It is placed under the skin between the shoulder blades.

Microchips are commonly mistaken for GPS tracking devices. They are actually a small chip the size of one grain of rice that transmits a unique number when scanned. A pet with a microchip will still need to be brought in to a local veterinary clinic or shelter to be scanned, as a microchip does not emit your personal information. Once a lost pet’s microchip has been scanned, the finder can call the microchip company to report the lost pet. The microchip company will contact you to let you know that your pet has been found.

It is vital to keep your contact information up to date. It’s important to call the microchip company as soon as possible if there is a change in address, phone number or email.

People often forget that our pets may look different after they have been lost for long periods of time. They may have lost a significant amount of weight, their hair coat may have changed to provide protection from the outdoor elements, and they may even have a change in their personality. A microchip number will help guarantee that a found pet is the correct pet.

If you have any questions regarding microchipping or wish to make an appointment for your pet, give us a call at 613.544.7387.

Written by: Lily Mccallum, RVT

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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 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 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. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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