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.


Lesser-Known Dangers of Summer

While summertime brings sunshine and fun – there are some lesser-known dangers of being out and about!

I’m sure many of you have vegetable gardens or herb gardens, somewhere within reach of your pets whether in your backyard or up high on your kitchen window sill. There are actually quite a few plants and herbs that are a degree of toxic to our furry family members.

If you are no stranger to cats, you know they like to chew on plant material – be this grass or your house plants! Growing up, my mother kept all her plants behind a closed door to keep our cats away. Recently, we had a feline patient come into the practice who had eaten eucalyptus – typically a potted plant with hanging leaves. Our poor friend came in with symptoms of vomiting and lethargy. He now feels much better, but his owner had had this plant for many years without even thinking a cat might want to chew on it!

Another few examples of common herbs are mint, oregano, aloe, and chamomile. They tend to mostly cause gastrointestinal upset when ingested, though chamomile can also cause contact dermatitis (skin irritation). These symptoms do require medical attention.

Outside, if you happen to have a vegetable garden, tomatoes are actually not the most pet-friendly vegetable to try and grow! A ripe tomato does not harm dogs and cats. But the plant and vines can cause a slow heart rate, hypersalivation, as well as inappetence. Leeks, chives, and garlic can actually cause anemia (lack of red blood cells) if ingested, along with vomiting. Any of these symptoms listed also require medical attention.

If you like to frequent apple orchards or happen to have your own apple tree, as I do, several parts of the apple are quite toxic when ingested — apples contain levels of cyanide. It includes the leaves, stems, and seeds.

Should you think that your pet has ingested something toxic, or, you have watched them ingest something toxic, calling the clinic is the place to start. We can advise you whether the product or plant your pet has ingested is toxic, and how toxic. We’ll tell you if they need urgent medical care, or can wait for an appointment; or what symptoms you may see. We may advise you to bring your pet in right away so that we can induce vomiting. It may seem possible to do on your own, but it is not something we recommend trying to do at home. Even if too much time has passed and we believe that making them vomit wouldn’t help, an examination is still in order – symptoms like anemia, as previously mentioned, can occur after that fact, even if your pet seems fine.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 613.544.7387.

Written by: Sarah, 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