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Fear Free Visits

Does your pet completely freak out when you bring them to the veterinary hospital or groomer? Sadly, for many of our four-legged friend’s veterinary care is associated with extreme anxiety and fear. When we look at it from their perspective, the vet hospital is not home, it smells funny, there are other dogs and cats there, people they don’t know are walking around, they had to go into the dreaded cat carrier to travel to the appointment, etc. Then sometimes they get a needle, and someone cuts their toe-nails. You should be thankful they ever want to snuggle you again! It does not have to be like that, and it shouldn’t be a negative fear-inducing experience.

For a long time, this was just a necessary requisite of having your pet seen by your local veterinarian. Today, we are much more in tune with how veterinary visits induce fear in our pets. How your pet’s emotional wellbeing promotes their overall well being. Fear Free Visits, “take the pet out of petrified” and “put the treat into treatment!” If your pooch suffers anxiety relating to vet visits, try the following;

  • Bring them in a bit hungry, so we can offer them lots of treats and make the visit delicious.
  • Bring their favourite treats from home, because those are what is familiar.
  • Do a drive-in, no exam needed, just a quick drop in say “hi” and have a few cookies: no pain with a lot of gain.
  • Avoid sitting in the lobby if you must wait. Nothing is more anxiety-provoking than sitting there listening to and smelling all the noises and smells of the vet hospital.

For most dogs, this will suffice. If your dog is fearful above that, speak to the doctor and staff about other options such as compression garments, anti-anxiety medications, and more.

Remember, a visit to the vet should not be something that is fear-provoking or obnoxious. Your pet deserves better than that.

Written by: Dr. Kip Grasse

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902-225-7543. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets only. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. With dramatically increased demand and dwindling supply, combined with supplier purchase limitations, we are experiencing unprecedented difficulties in obtaining many pet foods. Although we remain in stock of many of your favourite foods, and continue to order our daily maximum allocation, we regret that we are forced to temporarily suspend special orders. Please continue to call us and we will do our best to fill your needs with food we have in stock, but we can no longer guarantee supply on all brands. We are monitoring this situation daily and will advise when this situation has eased. At this time most drugs and over the counter products remain unaffected. For food and prescription pick ups, please call us to prepay and advise us by phone when you arrive at the hospital to pick up. We will meet you at the front of the building to deliver your order. We do also have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

5. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at 4 Paws 24 Hour Veterinary Hospital