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Pawliday Festivities!

“On the twelfth day of Christmas my patients gave me 12 chocolate-loving labs, 11 chewed light strings, 10 missing dinner plates, 9 chewed on fruit cakes, 8 straining cats, 7 open pill vials, 6 diarrhea dogs, 5 foreign bodies, 4 drunk boxers, 3 scared goldens, 2 tinsel cats and a puppy with a chew toy”

The holiday season is always a busy and fun time for most families, and we love to share these times with our furry family members. Unfortunately, amongst all the fun, there are some possible hazards to your pets that sometimes end up with them having to see the vet. Some of the obvious toxicities that we know to watch amongst the festivities include chocolates, grapes and raisins (may be hiding in your holiday fruit cake), alcohol and marijuana.

Luckily not everything that our pets can get into will cause serious toxic effects. Still, many things can cause an upset stomach and a mess of vomiting and diarrhea, including sharing our holiday dinners, the gravy and turkey, drinking the water from the Christmas tree base or chewing on our holiday plants like the poinsettia. Our beautiful Christmas trees also have some hidden hazards- cats love to chew on strings and tinsel can cause a lot of transit in their intestines, or if they chew on our tree light cords, they risk electrocution and burns. Many of us enjoy seeing our friends and family during the holidays. Remember to remind any house guests to keep their medications up out of reach of our pets and be aware of any anxiety your furry members may be feeling with all the new people and loud noises. Anxiety will increase the risk of our male cats experiencing FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease) or complete urinary obstruction.

If you have any concerns about your pets, please give us a call, and we will be happy to help you navigate any holiday hazards that you are worried about. And remember to get your furry family members a safe toy to celebrate the holidays with, like a catnip mouse or squeaky toy and a big hug!

Written by Dr. Stephanie Hayward

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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