The holidays are getting closer, and like everything else this year, keeping your pet safe and healthy will take a little more planning than usual.
Food and Medication Orders
First, we want to remind everyone to order your pet’s medication and food well in advance.
Please make sure you do not leave your orders to the last minute to ensure you are not scrambling to pick them up. This includes all regular orders that are not considered “special”. Although there are certain items that are normally in stock, during the holiday, many items are often on back order and take longer to arrive.
Please continue to place your medication and food orders by leaving a message with your name, your pet’s name, the medication or food you need, and a phone number you can be reached at on our medication and food order line. To leave a message on our medication and food or retail line, please call in at (416) 469-1121 option 3.
We ask that you allow at least 3-5 business days for all orders to be prepared. You will receive a phone call from a staff member when your items are ready, at which time we will schedule you a specific pick-up time.
Many of our clients are also signing up for our web store to receive home deliveries. Our web store link is: https://www.myvetstore.ca/
If you are ordering from our webstore, we recommend that you order no later than December 16th, if you need supplies to carry you through the holiday. We strongly recommend that you order as early as possible. All shipping services are experiencing slowdowns and delays with the increased volume of shipping this year.
Pet Safety for the Holiday
The emergency hospitals are extremely overrun with cases and many are short-staffed at this time–like all veterinary hospitals, they are running at a reduced capacity due to the pandemic.
Now more than ever, please keep in mind that the following seasonal foods and plants are dangerous and can be toxic for your pets.
- Alcoholic Beverages.
- Chocolate, which is highly toxic to pets.
- Bread Dough
- Nuts and pine cones can become lodged in your pet’s intestine.
- Chicken or Turkey Bones, as they may splinter and cause mouth and throat or internal injuries.
- Many seasonal plants are poisonous to pets and should be kept out of reach, or avoided altogether. These include: Holly, Mistletoe, Lilies, Poinsettias, Amaryllis, and Yew.
If you believe your pet has eaten any of the above items, please contact us and get veterinary attention immediately.
Other Holiday Tips:
- Remove wrapping from the floor to avoid your pet swallowing any of it, particularly lengths of ribbon, which may become a linear foreign body.
- Remember that loud noises may startle or upset your pet, particularly champagne corks, balloons popping, christmas crackers and doorbells.
- Small toy parts are easily swallowed causing choking or an intestinal obstruction.
- If you are buying your pet a holiday gift, make sure you get it from a reputable veterinarian or pet store, and inspect it to make sure there are no small parts that may come off and be eaten with the rough love it might get from your dog or cat.
Christmas Tree Risks:
- Fallen Christmas tree needles are very sharp and can easily become lodged in pet’s paws or throat. Sweep up loose needles regularly.
- Make sure your pet can’t access the water at the base of the Christmas tree. It will be contaminated with sap and needles, both of which are very indigestible. As well, many Christmas trees are treated with fertilizers and anti-freeze which can end upon in the water and be highly toxic to pets.
- Long-stranded Christmas Tree Tinsel can become a linear foreign body, particularly for cats, who pick up the tinsel on their fur through static electricity and then swallow them when they lick them off. Avoid using tinsel on the tree anywhere that your cat can come in contact with it.
- Remember to cover all electrical cords, so your pet can’t chew them.
- Christmas tree ornaments can be very interesting to pets. Make sure your ornaments are unbreakable, and that they are large enough that they can’t be swallowed.
- Try and avoid using lights that flash, as the flashing may be upsetting to your pet.
- Falling Christmas trees pose a hazard to both pets and people. Remember that your pet may jump at, or attempt to climb the Christmas tree, and make sure that it is securely anchored.
Our Holiday Hours:
Christmas Eve (Dec 24): 8am – 1pm
Christmas Day (Dec 25): CLOSED
Boxing Day (Dec 26): CLOSED
New Year’s Eve (Dec 31): 8am – 4pm
New Year’s Day (Jan 1): CLOSED
Emergency Veterinary Services for the Toronto Area (outside of office hours):
Veterinary Emergency Clinic
920 Yonge St.
Toronto Veterinary Emergency?Hospital
21 Rolark Drive
Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic
1051 Eglinton Ave. W