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.
Marijuana has been in the news daily and will be for the next year as it becomes legal to own and grow in Canada. Marijuana has many real and touted benefits for people and undoubtedly will make many people happier in more ways than one. With the increased availability of marijuana, there is an increased likelihood that our dogs and cats may sample some of the greenery.
Now there are some thoughts revolving around the benefits of marijuana for pets and this may be the case as more research is carried out. In areas where marijuana has been legalized, there has been up to a four-fold increase in poisonings with marijuana so as we come closer to legalization, it will be important to ensure the safety of our four-legged family members.
Pets, especially dogs have higher numbers of cannabinoid receptors. These cannabinoid receptors are where the THC of marijuana attaches. When these receptors have THC attached, the effects of marijuana become apparent. Since pets have a higher number of cannabinoid receptors this makes them more susceptible to the effects (both good and bad) of the THC found in marijuana. Dogs and cats can have signs of toxicity or poisoning with even a small amount of marijuana.
Signs of toxicity in cats and dogs include stumbling, low heart rate, low temperature, startling or jumping with sounds or by being touched. Dribbling of urine is also common in pets after ingesting marijuana. With newer forms of marijuana in the form of ‘roll on’ medication, ingestion is not the only way pets can become poisoned. These signs may last up to four days and can be life-threatening if the patient is not eating or able to keep warm.
Marijuana and its legalization may be a great boon to us humans. With its increased availability, we need to ensure our pets are protected and any marijuana in the house is stored in places cats and dogs cannot get to.
How do I know if my dog's problem is due to separation anxiety?
Separation anxiety describes dogs that usually are overly attached or dependent on family members. They become extremely anxious and show distress behaviours such as vocalization, destruction, or house soiling when separated from the owners.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some 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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 905.857.5057. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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 are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Tuesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
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 North Hill Animal Hospital