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.
Many people are surprised to find out that dogs can donate blood! There are times when a dog is in need of a blood transfusion, so regular donations are needed. This is where the Canadian Animal Blood Bank comes in. Based in Winnipeg, they have expanded across Canada and have been having blood donation clinics in Southern Ontario since 2016.
If you are interested in having your furry friend help the cause and donate blood great! The blood bank is always looking for new donors. Several requirements must be met:
Must be 55lbs or over, but not overweight
Between 1-8 years of age at the time of the first donation
Up to date on vaccines
Even temperament, these dogs do have to stay still on a table for 5-10 minutes while donating which may be a challenge for overly enthusiastic dogs
It is also preferred that donors be spayed or neutered and recommended that they be on heartworm prevention
Congratulations, if your dog fulfills these requirements, s/he can become a blood donor! There are various clinics help throughout the country; here at Park Road we typically have one every few months. A usual blood donor appointment lasts 15-20 minutes. First, a small sample of blood is taken to determine the blood type (there are seven different types of blood in dogs!) and to make sure his red blood cell levels are high enough to donate. If everything is good to go, they are placed on a table, and approximately 450ml of blood is taken over the next 5 minutes.
So long as they are healthy and meet the requirements dogs can donate every three months up until they are ten years old. Further information can be found on the Canadian Animal Blood Bank website.
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 519-759-3031. 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Park Road Veterinary Clinic