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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Summer Fun with Your Dog

Now that the dog days of summer are here, it’s important to make the most out of it. However, it is our responsibility to keep our canine companions out of trouble; here are a few tips to help.

Water Safety
Some dogs love the water, others not so much. So, take it slow and give your dog some time to get used to the water. Now if your canine companion is a natural with the water, then it won’t take long until you, and your furry friend is enjoying the water together.

When out swimming and boating with your dog, it’s important that he/she is wearing a life jacket. Keep them close to you and the boat to prevent any unforeseen accidents.

As with us, dogs also require some shade on hot sunny days. Unfortunately, dogs don’t have the capability to sweat like we do and can overheat easily if they are out in the sun for long periods.

Consuming a lake or pool water is never a good idea. Too much can cause vomiting or diarrhea, or in extreme cases cause an imbalance in electrolytes. Always have a bowl and bottled water on hand, so your dog isn’t tempted to ingest large amounts of water from the lake or pool. It’s also a good idea to rinse your dog off after a day of swimming. Make sure to towel dry your dog, and by doing so, you avoid the potential risk of getting a bacterial infection, often referred to as a “hot spot.” Another good idea after a day out on the water is to clean and dry your dog’s ears to prevent a possible ear infection.

Fishing Safety
Another hazard can be when we take our canine friends fishing with us. This can be an enjoyable outdoor activity, but here are a few tips to prevent your canine friends from getting into trouble.

Fish hooks can be a huge problem as they can be ingested or embedded in the lips, tongue, face or even the legs and paws. If your dog runs into trouble with fishing lures taking him or her to the Veterinarian is highly recommended. Trying to remove the hooks on your own is risky, could cause more injury and due to the barbs on fishing lure sedation may be required.

If your dog consumes raw fish while out fishing, it can potentially cause vomiting or diarrhea. To prevent this from happening, it’s a good idea to store your catch in a live well so your dog won’t have access to it. Summer can be a great time to spend with your dog, but it’s important to keep these tips in mind!

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

Written by: Jennifer, Veterinary Assistant/Client Care Representative

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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