We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
During the holiday’s many homes are decorated with Christmas trees and various holiday plants. Some of these can be very toxic to our pets.
Mistletoe and holly can be mildly to moderately toxic to both cats and dogs. Signs of poisoning can include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Large amounts could even cause an abnormal heart rate, low blood pressure, collapse, and seizures. Leaves and berries, both fresh and dried, should be out of reach of pets at all times.
Live Christmas trees are considered to be mildly toxic. Tree needles are not easily digested and can cause irritation, vomiting, obstruction or even puncture in the GI system. The oils of the trees can cause irritation of the mouth and stomach such as drooling and vomiting. Pets don’t seem to consume excessive amounts of tree materials, but it is always good to be observant.
Poinsettias are rumoured to be severely toxic to both cats and dogs; however, they are only mildly toxic. The white sap from poinsettias can cause irritation of the eyes or skin when in direct contact. Ingestion can cause mild vomiting drooling, and rarely diarrhea. Due to the low level of toxicity, medical treatment is not usually required.
To keep your pet safe over the holidays, avoid bringing extremely toxic plants into the house. Monitor your pets’ interest in the plants and check for any bite marks or signs of chewing on the plants. If you suspect ingestion of poisonous plants, seek medical attention for your furry friends.
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 Monday, March 30, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy and "drop off" policy to protect our clients and staff. We ask that you follow these steps:
a. When you arrive, please remain stay in the hallway and use your cell phone to call us at 306.373.3500. Please ensure your pet is either in a carrier or has a collar that can be attached to a leash.
b. Once an exam room is ready, we will come to take your pet from you and into an exam room and call you to take a history and talk about any concerns.
c. Once the exam is over we call you with our recommended treatment plan, we can then arrange to take payment over the phone./p>
d. We will then bring your pet out to you in the hallway.
2. We are giving priority to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services please give us a call and we can decide if the appointment can be done at a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday through Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, & closed on Sundays
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives and you will be asked to pay over the phone. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, and we will place your order outside on the table or bring to you in the hallway.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 Cumberland Veterinary Clinic