What forms of payment do you accept?

          We are able to accept cash, debit, Visa, and Master Card. We do not accept cheques or allow credit to be placed on account for future payments. All clientele visiting for small animal appointments are required to pay at the time of service.

          Our only exception to this is our farming clients who pay for their large animal-related bills via cheque. 

Do you declaw cats?

          No, we are proud to announce that we do not declaw cats.

          We feel that the declawing surgery (which involves partial amputation of each toe) puts cats through an unnecessary amount of surgical and postoperative pain with no medical benefit to your cat.

          Cats who are declawed in the hopes of preventing their natural clawing behavior will often develop other unwanted habits such as inappropriate urination. We feel the risk of life-long post-surgical complications including arthritis and aggression are too great.

          There are many humane alternatives to prevent destructive clawing and we are happy to discuss these with you at any time. We can also provide additional facts if you wish the learn more. Please give the clinic a call with your questions as we would be happy to help answer those for you!

My pet is on an extended vaccine protocol (i.e. 2-3 year Rabies). Do I still need to come in annually?

          Yes! It is important for your veterinarian to perform a wellness checkup every year (and preferably 2 times a year for senior pets). Our pets age faster then we do, and with 1 human year equalling 5-7 of their years, it’s no wonder that we can see significant changes in that time period. 

          Bringing your pets in annually allows your vet to get to know what is normal and what isn’t. This patient-client-vet relationship can be very valuable in aiding a diagnosis. 

          Having their wellness visit up to date saves a lot of hassle when it comes to medications. By law, we cannot dispense any over the counter products (flea and tick prevention, dewormers, etc.) or prescribed ongoing medications (i.e. Metacam) unless your pet has been seen within the past year.  

When is the appropriate time to spay or neuter my pets?

          When planning your pets’ spay (female) or neuter (male) surgeries your veterinary clinic is the best at helping you schedule for the day. The general rule is 6 months of age for both cats and dogs, males and females. 

          Recent studies have shown that keeping your large breed male dog intact for up to a year of age can help with bone and ligament growth (torn ligaments are often seen in large breed dogs).

          This can be taken into consideration when planning your dog’s surgery date but only when training issues, potential roaming (greater risk of being hit by a car), behavioural issues (such as urine marking in the house, humping, aggression, etc.), or risk of breeding an intact female dog are not a concern/ not possible. 

          Female dogs, cats, and male cats do not apply to the above and it is better to have them fixed at 6 months of age. You can talk to your veterinarian and they would love to help you decide what is best for your pet. 

Should I let my female pet have 1 heat or 1 litter before I get her spayed?

          No, there are no medical OR behavioral benefits to either of these scenarios. Getting your pet spayed at 6 months of age before her first heat is the most beneficial for her. After they go through a heat their reproductive organs (uterus and ovaries) have a much larger blood supply to them. This means that when they are removed there is a larger amount of blood being removed with them. The tissues are also more easily torn and your pet will be under anesthesia longer due to the increased amount of time needed to ligate and clamp off all of the blood vessels to prevent bleeding. 

          Getting your pet spayed before their first heat also lowers their chances of developing mammary tumors. After their 2nd heat, their chances of developing mammary tumors are 26%, and every heat they go through after that increases their chances by 5%!! Being spayed before their 1st heat decreases this percentage to  only 0.6%! 

          Another great benefit of not allowing your pet to have the opportunity to breed is you are personally helping decrease the animal population and increase the number of pets that are being rescued from shelters!

My pet is old, does it really need to be vaccinated?

          Yes, just because your pet is getting older and their energy levels require less time spent outdoors, does not mean that vaccines should be skipped.

          Public Health is still finding increased incidences of not only Rabies (a disease which vaccination against it is mandatory by law), but Leptospirosis as well (a bacteria shed in the urine of raccoons, skunks, etc., that is transmittable to your pets and family members), which damages the kidneys of animals and people.

          Your pets’ immunity may also be compromised in their senior years, making protection against diseases even more important! Talk with your vet about customizing a vaccine regimen for your pet to ensure proper protection.