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.


Winter Safety Tips for Your Pets

As the weather continues to get colder, it’s a good time to brush up on some winter safety tips for our pets.

Although some breeds may be more prepared for a winter wonderland with heavy fur coats (think Malamutes, St Bernards etc.), others may need some assistance in the fashion department. Winter booties, sweaters and jackets can add an extra layer of protection for our less furry friends. All breeds of cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite, and preventing exposure as temperatures drop is one way of making sure our furry family members stay safe this winter.

Ice is another wintertime hazard not to be underestimated. Canines rarely measure the thickness before bounding out on frozen lakes and waterways. Make sure your pets remain on a leash if you commonly walk near water as it freezes/melts. Birds and other light creatures can tempt dogs to try ice that is not thick enough to be safe. Even small amounts of ice can be dangerous when it comes to slip and falls. Senior pets are especially vulnerable as cold weather can often exacerbate medical conditions such as arthritis. Provide areas of good traction for pets with poor mobility and a soft warm bed to recover in after exercise.

Wintertime also presents dangers of the chemical variety. Many products used to combat ice and snow can cause symptoms that range from skin irritations to fatal toxicosis. Salt and sand products can often irritate paw pads and skin between toes. Rinsing and drying paws after a walk can help prevent further damage. Booties may look silly but come in handy for keeping extremities away from harsh chemicals and snowballs that can build up in fur. Anti-freeze (ethylene glycol) is an often fatal poison to dogs and cats. It has a sweet scent that attracts pets into eating even small spilled amounts. If you suspect your pet has come in contact with anti-freeze call your veterinarian immediately. If possible, buy anti-freeze made with propylene glycol – while still toxic, it is not as lethal.*

Stay aware of weather warnings during the winter months. If travel outside is going to be hazardous, it is better to be prepared ahead of time in case you become stuck in the house for a few days. Be sure to stock up on any medications your pet may require, as well as food and treats!

Be visible! Vehicles have a harder time stopping quickly in the winter. Walking in the daytime, or wearing reflectors and lights on collars and leashes help drivers see you early and give extra stopping time.

If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them! On those freezing cold days, keep walks short and do not leave pets in waiting vehicles.

Winter in Kingston can provide many hazards for you and your pets, but being prepared for the season can make the outdoors more enjoyable and safe.

*ASPCA Pet Poison Control

Written by: Maureen, 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.

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