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Tips for a Safe Summer!

After our long cold winter, I’m sure many of us have been taking advantage of the great weather. Longer walks with our pets, visiting the beach, playing outdoors, but it is important to remember there are risks to our pets during the summer months.

Health Check

  • Be sure to visit your veterinarian to ensure your pet is up to date on all necessary vaccinations.
  • Pets should also get heartworm tested annually to ensure they are free of the deadly heartworm parasite.

Parasite Control

  • During our warmer months in Ontario, we need to protect our pets against multiple parasites.
  • Prevention is generally a once a month or in some cases, once every three months.

Avoid the Heat

  • Pets can overheat very quickly and can be susceptible to heat stroke.
    • Our pets cannot sweat, therefore, they are at risk of quickly overheating.
  • Try walking in the mornings and evenings, avoiding the hottest part of the day.
  • Ensure your pet always has plenty of fresh water and shelter from the heat.
  • Pets with short muzzles are more susceptible to overheating because they cannot pant efficiently.
  • Trimming your pet’s coat may help keep them cool.
    • But avoid shaving! Their coat helps protect them from the sun’s UV rays.
  • Be careful walking on asphalt; it can burn your pet’s paws!
  • Do NOT leave your pet in the car, even with the windows down, your pet is at risk of quickly overheating.

Party Season

  • The warm weather is a perfect opportunity for backyard barbeques and parties. Be careful with food and drink that your pet may ingest.
    • Remember bones can be dangerous if swallowed. They can cause intestinal obstruction.
    • Diet change (even one snack!) can cause a severe gastrointestinal upset.
    • Avoid grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, and products with sweeteners (containing Xylitol).

Water Safety

  • Do not leave your pet unsupervised by the pool.
  • Not all dogs are strong swimmers and may be at risk of drowning.
  • Prevent your pet from drinking pool water.
  • Slowly introduce your pet to water, and make sure they wear flotation devices while on boats.

Fireworks

  • Leave your pet at home if going to watch fireworks.
  • Do not light fireworks near your pet.

Written by Dr. Ashley Woo, DVM

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Upcoming Clinic Events - September 2019

We have some exciting events coming up here at the clinic! Check them out below. 

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the 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

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. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Coxwell Animal Clinic