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Kiss them, They’re Irish!

St. Patrick’s Day is an international celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.

Let’s celebrate with some FUN FACTS about the most popular Irish dog breeds.

THE IRISH WOLFHOUND
Initially used in war to drag men off horses and chariots. He also hunted massive game such as deer, boar, and wolves. Despite his distant past as a ferocious war dog, he’s a
gentle giant who gets along with everyone, including children, other dogs, and sometimes even cats. Today this adaptable dog is a family companion who also competes in obedience, tracking, and lure coursing.

THE IRISH SETTER
Irish Setters originated as gundogs in their native Ireland, and the breed‘s popularity soon spread, thanks to the beauty of their rich mahogany coat and their enthusiasm as bird dogs. They’re friendly, mischievous, and inquisitive, with a high energy level. This is a bold and boisterous family friend with the potential to do well in many canine
sports and activities.

THE WHEATEN TERRIER
Commonly referred to in Ireland as the “poor man’s wolfhound,” this breed is also known as the Irish soft coated wheaten terrier, the wheaten, and the soft-coated wheaten
terrier. Bred as an all-purpose farm dog during the early 1800s, today the breed is skilled in obedience, agility and tracking.

 THE IRISH WATER SPANIEL
A native to Ireland going back 1,000 years, the Irish water spaniel is the subject of folklore, believed to be a descendant of the Dobhar-chú, a water hound that is a cross
between a dog and an otter. The Irish water spaniel is known for its intelligence and its great purple-hued, curly fur coat. Also unique to the breed: its “rat-like” tail,
which is hairless. While the dog’s fur has thick curls, the face is completely smooth.

THE KERRY BEAGLE
Another Irish dog breed that nearly faced extinction: the Kerry Beagle, one of Ireland’s oldest hounds. Many believe this breed is a descendant of the Celtic hound, a Gaelic Irish legend depicted in artwork dating back to the 17th century. The oldest Kerry beagle pedigree can be traced back to 1794. The Kerry Beagle was bred as scent hound to track game. Today, the breed is used to hunt foxes.

Written by Natasha, Client Care Representative 

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2018 readers choice awards certificate for Clarkson Village Animal Hospital

2018 Readers' Choice Awards Winner!

We are so happy to announce that we have won the 2018 Reader’s Choice Award in Mississauga in the category of Best Veterinary Hospitals! This award is very special to us as the voting is done by the community and our clients. We would like to thank every person who took the time to vote, or even took the time to share your experience with someone else.

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Last updated: May 10, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that we are deemed an essential service and operating under Covid-19 Policy.

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 STORE AND HOME DELIVERY

Use our online store and have your food and pet essentials delivered directly to your home. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".

4. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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 Clarkson Village Animal Hospital