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Covid-19 Update March 25th, 2020

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Dear Friends,

We will be open through the COVID-19 shutdown for a limited range of services:

  • sick pets
  • emergencies
  • Vaccines for certain patients only:

– Pets with no vaccine history

– Puppies and kittens

– Boosters for diseases of public health concern (rabies and leptospirosis) – this will vary from pet to pet, depending on their prior history, and will be decided on a case-by-case basis

  • Refills of food and medication

We are not doing routine appointments at this time.  They will be rescheduled once things return to normal.

 

We are doing our part to keep our community safe and reduce social contact, so we have changed our operating procedures:

 

For Appointments/Emergencies:

When you arrive, please phone us from your car.  We will come out to your car to get your pet and gather any necessary information (we may do this by phone).  We will bring your pet into the clinic for an assessment while you remain in your car.  Once we have completed the assessment, we will call your cell phone to discuss the exam findings and outline the treatment plan.  If you do not have a cell phone, we will have this discussion with you outside.  Once we have finished treating your pet, we will bring them back out to you.  Medications, food, etc. will be placed in the green bin outside the front door for you to take home.

 

For Food or Medication Orders:

Please call 3-5 days in advance for orders whenever possible – due to people panic-buying pet food, our distributor has a backlog of deliveries to make and they are taking longer than normal.  There is no shortage of pet food or medications, our deliveries are just taking longer to arrive.  We are also limiting food orders to no more than 4 weeks’ supply per client to avoid contributing to the problem. 

Please phone us before you come over so that we can (a) confirm that we have what you need in stock and (b) can have your order ready for you.  When you arrive, phone us from your car to tell us you are here and we will place your items and receipt in the green bin at the front door for you to pick up.

You can also use our online ordering platform to order your pet’s food and supplies.  It can be accessed from our website.  If you’re not already signed up for it, please email us at [email protected] and we will get you registered.

 

*We ask that, whenever possible, payment be made by electronic means – i.e. with a credit card over the phone or by etransfer – to reduce our reception staff’s exposure to members of the public.  E-transfers can be sent to [email protected]

If you must use the debit terminal (ours doesn’t have tap), our staff will take precautions to minimize their exposure.  Please do not use cash unless absolutely necessary!*

 

We are operating on a reduced staff and may not be able to answer the phone right away, so please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  If your message is not urgent, please leave the answering machine free for clients with urgent calls and instead email us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

For out-of-hours emergencies, the London Regional Veterinary Emergency Clinic is still open for true emergencies only and can be reached at 519.432.3300 – phone them before you leave for further instructions on their procedures.

 

Please check our Twitter (@VetClinton) and our Facebook page for updates as they become available. Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented situation and we hope to be able to return to normal soon!

Covid-19 Statement

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At Clinton Veterinary Services, the health of our patients, clients, staff and community is something that we take very seriously.  We are monitoring the recommendations of the Huron-Perth Public Health department in regards to COVID-19 so that we may keep our practice as low-risk as possible. 

We ask that anyone needing our services self-assess and notify us PRIOR to your visit if you have experienced any of the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Travel outside of Canada
  • Have any exposure to someone who has travelled outside of Canada
  • Have been in contact with someone who is known to have COVID-19

If you have any of these risk factors we will still see your pet but we will do so in a manner that minimizes the risk of exposure to others.

We will be offering free porch delivery to those who are in isolation and those who feel unsafe out in the community at this time. If you require this service please contact the clinic directly at 519-482-3558 or email [email protected] and we will do our best to get your stuff to you in a timely manner.

Our office will remain open as usual: Monday to Friday, 8:30-5:30.

Foreign Body Finds

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Surgery to remove foreign material is necessary when the pet has eaten something and it cannot be vomited up nor passed through the guts.

Find out what you need to know here: https://www.canadianveterinarians.net/documents/foreign-body-surgery-what-you-need-to-know

Pictures:

Photo #1 – This item is a piece from a cat toy. The elastic string holds the toy and the plastic cap fits onto the fishing wand. A great reminder that even store bought toys made especially for our pets, can be dangerous. Be sure to inspect toys closely and supervise your pets during play time.

Photo #2 – A mixture of stuffing from a toy mixed with grass on the left hand side.  On the right, a tag/clip from a glove.

Photo #3 – Kitty ate some ribbon from Valentines Day flowers.

Photo #4 – A nerf dart

Photo #5 – This foreign body find consists of carpet fibers from a door mat. The image on the left is of the solid matted fibers found during surgery. This would not have passed naturally. The image on the right is after inspection of the mass.

Photo #6 –  Meat skewer – the patient ate two of them, and vomited up one. The second was was successfully removed with surgery

Photo #7 -These bone fragments were successfully removed from a dogs rectum. Eating bones can result in a variety of medical problems including broken teeth, mouth and tongue injuries. Bones can get stuck or poke holes in the esophagus, windpipe, stomach, or intestines.

Photo #8 – Tapeworm

Photo #9 -naso-pharyngeal polyp – a benign growth that can be seen in the back of a cat’s throat, the middle ear, and above the soft palate.

Photo #10 – Large stick successfully surgically removed , lodged inside the mouth of a large breed dog, narowly missing vital structures.

Photo #11 – Nylon

Photo #12 – Unknown obstruction

Photo #13 – Foam piece from interlocking floor mat

More Pictures: 

Tick Talk!

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Each year, as tick activity increases in most parts of Canada, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations’(CVMA) ‘Tick Talk’ campaign, reminds Canadians how important it is to be informed about ticks and the potential hazards ticks pose for you and your pets.

 

The ‘Tick Talk‘ website (http://ticktalkcanada.com/) offers a series of educational videos that answer your questions and set straight some misconceptions about ticks.

 

Contact your veterinarian for more information on tick prevention, awareness and to set up a tick control program for your pet.

 

Victoria Day – May 20, 2019

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A friendly reminder that Clinton Veterinary Services will be CLOSED on Monday May 20, 2019

While our staff observes the statutory holiday. We will re-open on Tuesday May 21, 2019 at 8:30am

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable long weekend!

Save 5% when order your pets food and parasite protection online. Visit our website https://www.myvetstore.ca/ or inquire within for more details.

If your pet has an emergency outside of business hours, please contact the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. 519.432.3300. www.londonregionalvet.com

Fear Free Certified

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Fear Free provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners.

Courses are developed and written by the most respected veterinary and pet experts in the world, including boarded veterinary behaviorists, boarded veterinary anesthesiologists, pain experts, boarded veterinary internists, veterinary technicians (behavior), experts in shelter medicine, animal training, grooming, boarding, and more.

By closely listening to the needs of the profession and those of pet owners, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, providing unparalleled education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets.

As a Fear Free Certified Professional team, we want to make your pet’s veterinary experience as enjoyable and as stress free as possible.  By modifying our procedures, handling, and facilities we are helping pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.

 

FDA Cautions pet owners not to feed raw food

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FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not to Feed Their Pets Three Lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Raw Dog Food Due to Salmonella.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets three lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw dog food after samples from these lots tested positive for Salmonella.

The FDA is issuing this alert because these three lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw dog food represent a serious threat to human and animal health and are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they contain Salmonella. Salmonella can affect both human and animal health. Pets can get sick from Salmonella and may also be carriers of the bacteria and pass it onto their human companions without appearing to be ill.

People who think their pets have become ill after consuming contaminated pet food are encouraged to contact their veterinarian.

Follow this link to view the full article

https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/ucm634394.htm

Canine Brucellosis is an increasing concern in North America

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Canine brucellosis is a zoonotic disease found world-wide. It is an increasing concern in North America due to importation of infected breeding dogs and semen for artificial insemination.

Brucella Canis is the most common species found in dogs. It is most often transmitted through direct dog-to-dog contact via infected body fluids and tissues (e.g. vaginal discharge, abortedfetus, placenta, semen, urine).

Although dogs rarely spread the infection to people, it does occur and infected people can become very sick.

For more information please speak with your Veterinarian.

We have included some helpful links below;

http://www.akcchf.org/canine-health/top-health-concerns/current-topics-in-infectious-disease/AKC-CHF-Canine-Brucellosis-Fact-Sheet.pdf

http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/Factsheets/pdfs/brucellosis_canis.pdf

https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/2019/03/articles/animals/dogs/brucella-canis-ontario/

Ontario Rabies Update

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In December 2018, 1 new case of rabies raccoon strain in one skunk (Hamilton) was identified. Currently there are 449 cases of raccoon strain, and 21 cases of fox strain rabies in Ontario to date.

For updates related to the rabies situation in Ontario follow http://OntarioAnimalHealthNetwork

What is Rabies? This almost always fatal disease is a threat to our pets.

Find out more here: Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Rabies Response Program

http://www.oavt.org/view.asp?ccid=558&fbclid=IwAR1NkFfAf-Kz6-TIWueq9Iw7jSEJgRw0ZfSz_oIkh6RhPxMATUxGv_Y-3dQ

Contact your veterinarian today to learn more about vaccinating your animals for rabies, or to determine what you should do if your pet has come into contact with another animal that may have rabies.