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.

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What Hot Weather Means For Pets

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Now that the hot weather is upon us, it’s good to think about our four footed friends. While we can just move inside and turn on the air conditioner, they are at our mercy.

Outdoor animals must have shelter from the sun, and a ready source of water. Even better would be flowing cool water but this is not always feasible. Pavement can overheat quickly and can burn sensitive pads. Having grass in outdoor areas may be harder to disinfect but can keep paws from burning in the heat.

Not all animals can spend time outside. Brachycephalics (no nose dogs such as Bulldogs, Frenchies, Bostons, Pugs etc) can easily overheat in warm weather due to the decrease cooling possible with the shortened nasal passages. We see far too many who have difficulty breathing and need emergency care. Some of these beloved pets die even with treatment. These animals benefit from walks in the cool of the day, or quick treks out to do their business then back inside, preferably to a cool room.

Dogs or cats should NEVER be left alone in the car in the summer. The temperatures can escalate rapidly, and the animal will overheat, and the lungs can hemorrhage and a horrible death can ensue.

Parasites are increased in summertime, and they can certainly affect our pets. Heartworm, intestinal worms, external parasites, opportunistic infestations can all occur. Please contact North Town Veterinary Hospital and we will get your pet on a protective program!

It’s a beautiful time of year, get out there and enjoy, but remember it’s up to you to keep your pets safe!

 

Written by Vicki Cane, DVM

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Community Parks and Dogs

End of school is here!  As a mum of two young boys, we live in our little park. Dogs pass through with their owners enjoying an evening walk, the kids are playing grounders and building sand castles, and the parents are unwinding from a hectic day at work and after-school activities.

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North Town Veterinary Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, North Town Veterinary Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building. We have initiated a Closed-Door Policy, we have locked our front doors. Please call 905-451-2000 when you arrive for your appointment. We will meet you outside to get your pet. The exam will take place in our hospital and our Doctor will communicate the results of the examination via telephone. You can also place an order for pet food through our Online Store by visiting our website.

EMERGENCY CASES

- If possible, please call us at 905-451-2000 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 905-451-2000, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell.

Online consultations are now available!

- If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.