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.

New Year Resolutions for You and Your Furry Friends

With the holiday right around the corner, families have started holiday planning and thinking about New Year resolutions. Holiday celebrations are fun for everyone in the family, especially for our pets.

When it comes to celebrating the holiday, music, food and fun go hand in hand. It is important to keep our pets in mind when celebrating the holidays as it can have a profound effect on their health and well-being. Please consider the following if your pets will be present for your family’s holiday celebration:

If loud music will be playing at your holiday celebration, it is in the best interest of your pet to re-locate them to another room or location to avoid increased stress and anxiety.
Ensure that family members are not feeding foods outside of your pet’s regular diet as this can lead to gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Ensure family members are aware that giving bones to your pet is very harmful and can have catastrophic repercussions such as gastrointestinal obstruction.

Creating New Year’s resolutions for change in the new year is a common practice for not only us but for our furry friends. Desirable changes that are most often part of our new year’s resolutions include diet change, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Applying resolutions that we make for ourselves to our furry family member’s routine, will lead to positive changes to our pet’s mental health, somatic health and internal functioning.

As recommended by Daniel Mudrick, DVM at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, please consider the following resolutions that you can apply to your pet’s lifestyle:

Exercise- More frequent and longer walking facilitates calorie burning and weight management. Frequent walking promotes healthy socializing among pets, thus promoting environmental enrichment and relaxation which is imperative to our pet’s mental health. Leash walking establishes respect and control training between our pets and ourselves. Lastly, frequent walking increases muscle, burns fat and allows less stress on joints (most commonly hip and knee).

Flip the lip- Checking our pet’s teeth regularly to determine the condition of their oral health and to keep track of the changes to their teeth. Things to look for are tartar, redness and inflammation. If you see these signs, please consult your Veterinarian. Regular teeth brushing promotes our pet’s oral health and can mitigate the progression of dental disease. Teeth brushing is also a great bonding experience!

Grooming- Clip and cleaning our pets is not only beneficial to the cleanliness of our homes, but it makes our pets feel happier and look Rocco. Regular grooming of our pets allows us to see what is underneath the coat. This is important when it comes to dermatological issues such as dry skin, hot spots and skin irritations. These issues are common and often buried under our pet’s heavy coats. If grooming is a rarity, these issues can later surface via the exhibited behaviours and symptoms of our pets. Please consult your Veterinarian if you are seeing these signs. Mats (clumped and tangled fur) occurs often with the lack of regular grooming. Mats can cause pain and skin irritation if left untreated. An important aspect to consider is what is underneath the coat. Fleas, ticks, and other parasites can be dwelling on our pets without us noticing. Grooming facilitates health, happiness and awareness!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our hospital at 905-855-2100, we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Written by Chantal, CCR

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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 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 continue to be 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