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.


Kennel Cough

We have all heard of the term “kennel cough,” but what exactly is it?Kennel cough is a general term used to describe a condition characterized by the major clinical sign – coughing. Technically, it is an infectious or contagious tracheobronchitis, meaning inflammation/infection in the trachea and bronchial tubes. It can be caused by a number of bacteria and viruses, the most common being adenovirus-2, coronavirus, and Bordetella bronchiseptica. It is spread via through both direct and indirect contact, and airborne transmission. For example, a dog can get it from sniffing a dog with the condition or using the same dishes as an infected dog. Many dogs will come home from boarding or daycare with it, hence the name “kennel cough.”

Clinical signs are usually mild and can be quite variable. The main sign owners complain of is a loud coughing or retching noise, often sounding like a goose-honk. Runny eyes and nose, wheezing, lack of appetite, and lethargy can also be noted. There are no specific treatments for viral diseases. Therefore anti-inflammatories may be used to decrease the clinical signs. The condition will usually resolve on its own in 1-3 weeks. During this time, the infected dog should not be in contact with other dogs. If it is known to be caused by bacteria, antibiotics can be used as treatment.

Preventing kennel cough can be done with a vaccine. It is highly recommended for dogs that go to dog parks, kennels, doggy daycare, or grooming. Talk to your veterinary professional to find out which vaccines are best for your dog and their lifestyle.

Written by: Briarwood Animal Hospital



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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 905-664-4888. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please 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 jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Briarwood Animal Hospital