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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Valentine’s Day & Your Pets!

While you are busy enjoying chocolates from your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, remember to keep them away from the other loves in your life…the four-legged ones!

Chocolate is harmful to dogs for a few reasons. The amount of sugar in chocolate is enough to cause vomiting and diarrhea. If your dog already has a sensitive stomach, it can cause pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas gland. The main concern with chocolate is the ingredient theobromine. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the more theobromine it contains, so dark chocolate contains more than milk chocolate and is more toxic to your dog.

The following is a guideline regarding chocolate toxicity – always call us first. We have special charts that can let you know whether to be concerned or not following chocolate ingestion!
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Milk Chocolate

100gm bar
10lb dog: Severe toxicity
30lb dog: Mild toxicity
60lb dog: Mild toxicity

Dark Chocolate

99gm bar
10lb dog: Severe toxicity
20lb dog: Severe toxicity
30lb dog: Moderate toxicity

Treatment depends on how much chocolate was ingested. When calling the clinic, be ready to tell us the approximate weight of your pet, how much was ingested and when. Mild cases will often be treated easily. We medically induce your pet to vomit and then administer a charcoal treatment. The charcoal absorbs any theobromine left. Moderate to severe cases will need to be hospitalized on IV fluids and monitored for worsening symptoms.

Mild Symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Moderate to Severe Symptoms

  • Restlessness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Salivation
  • Increased heart rate
  • Twitching
  • Seizures
  • Death

We are only a quick phone call away if there is a chocolate emergency. If it happens to be after our clinic is closed, you can call either the WCVM at 306-966-7126 or the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. Both have operators 24/7 to assist with emergency needs!

Written by Raeanne Boyd, RVT

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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 to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Cumberland Veterinary Clinic