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.
The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colour, and Halloween is just around the corner!
In my household, Halloween is a big day for us. My kids and I go all out with our costumes, and we trick-or-treat til we drop. There are however a couple of family members who do not rejoice in this day with us – our pets.
Our family pets are not alone in this. What can be a fun day/night for us can be quite stressful for many of our animal companions. It’s a confusing time, and excitement is running high, owners look different, and lots of strangers are approaching their home. There are also hidden dangers for pets around every corner that are sometimes overlooked. Below are some tips and tricks to help ensure a safe and happy Halloween for everyone!
The number one thing you can do to ensure the safety of your pet is to keep them indoors for the evening.
Inside the home, you will want to keep them away from the door. Give them a safe place to go during the festivities. It can be overwhelming with all the visitors you will receive, and this will help keep them calm and ensure they don’t slip out while you’re giving out treats. It is a good idea to make sure your pet has identification on in case they do manage to get out of the house.
Keep Halloween candy out of reach. As we know, chocolate is a big no-no for pets, but many other candies can harm them as well. Some treats (like sugar-free gum) have xylitol in them which is toxic to pets.
If you are putting your pet in a costume, be sure they are supervised. Costumes should be comfortable and should not hinder their ability to breathe, see, smell and get around. While some animals are very tolerant of dressing up, for others it can be extremely stressful.
Keep pets away from lit candles and Jack-o-lanterns. A curious pooch or kitty can be burned and could cause a fire if they knock it over.
From all of us here at Park Road Veterinary Clinic we hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!
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