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.
Please Check the Safety of your Christmas Decorations! by Dr. Brenda Gough
December 17, 2014
We have recently been informed that some Christmas trees (real, not fake) are coated with a paint that contains ethylene glycol. Ethylene glycol is a substance usually found in antifreeze, which is highly toxic to pets.
Ethylene glycol toxicity is seen often in veterinary clinics, and in order to be successfully treated, the pet must be seen within minutes of ingestion. We need to induce vomiting right away and use activated charcoal to prevent further absorption, followed by intravenous therapy with the antidote, and careful monitoring of the patient. Time is of the essence with this toxin!
Without this, ethylene glycol ingestion is ALWAYS fatal, as it causes complete failure of the kidneys.
There are many other potential hazards that face our pets around Christmas time. These hazards include:
Tinsel and other small decorations that can cause foreign body blockages in cats and dogs.
Chocolate!! Especially the dark chocolates.
Candles (can be easily knocked over and cause a fire and burns)
Christmas plants (pine needles, holly, poinsettias, and mistletoe)
Christmas dinner! Leftovers can cause pancreatitis, and the bones can cause choking or obstruction hazards
Xylitol toxicity – for those baking sugar free goodies – xylitol is extremely toxic and often fatal to dogs who ingest these treats.
Electrical cords – very attractive for pets to chew on, causing electrical burns and even cardiac arrest.
Fertilizer in the base water of real Christmas trees.
Keep an eye out for all of these potential hazards, and make sure you ask lots of questions when choosing a real Christmas tree.
This is just a short list of things that can go wrong over Christmas! Keep your pets safe and give them all a big smooch from all of us at Park Road!
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