Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Along with the nice weather of summer, comes the heat and humidity. It’s important to continue to keep our pets active but healthy during the warm summer months.
Walking is a great exercise for our dogs during the summer. Walking helps with weight issues and body condition, as well as helps to keep our animal’s joints mobile and healthy. Walking can also help with digestive and urinary health, by regulating the digestive tract. Dogs often like to “go” on a schedule, therefore taking them for routine walks can help with constipation and gut mobility. In addition, walking is great psychologically, as well as physically. Walks help to mentally stimulate our pets by providing a change of environment and helps to reduce boredom and the destructive behaviour that comes along with it. Another great summer activity for our dogs is swimming. It provides great exercise and is gentle on the joints, which is especially helpful for our older pets. Always ensure your pets are being supervised while swimming and you are taking appropriate precautions to prevent ear infections and other issues that occur with swimming.
It’s imperative to keep our pets safe in the heat of summer. We can ensure this by always having fresh cool water available for them; putting ice cubes in your pet’s water can help with this. As well, try to keep your walks in the shade and bring water along for yourself and them. Ensure the pavement isn’t too hot for your pet’s paw pads by testing it with your hand first; if you cannot keep your hand comfortably on the pavement for five seconds, it is too hot for them. Overall, keeping our pets healthy and happy as possible in the hot heat of summer, and it’s up to us to achieve that!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 905-664-4888. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Briarwood Animal Hospital