It’s National Pet Week

National Pet Week is a week dedicated to celebrating the pets that enrich our lives so greatly each day. For many people, our pets are a central part of our lives, and add so much vivacity and affection to our lives. Our pets are always there for us, and they generally don’t ask for much in return, besides a warm place to sleep, food, water and shelter. And the occasional belly rub. Our pets can be our companions, confidants, sources of entertainment and activity, and our protectors. National Pet Week® is always observed the first full week in May. Created in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Auxiliary to the AVMA.

http://www.petweek.org

National Pet Week is an opportunity for us to be reminded of and celebrate the deep bonds that exist between ourselves and our pets, as we often tend to take the comforting presence of our pets for granted. It is a time to encourage pet owners to be confident that they are and can continue to provide the best care for their pets, including everything they need to live long, happy and healthy lives.

As a pet owner, take a few moments to think about the following pillars that are important aspects of pet ownership. As much as having a pet is largely in part about adding love and companionship to our lives, it also has significant responsibilities tied to it that we must remember and uphold.

Commitment

Adopting a pet is a big, and a serious commitment. By doing so, you are asserting that you will do everything you can to provide a good home and life for your pet, for their whole lives. Things may happen that can change circumstances, but your initial mindset should be that by adopting an animal into your home, you are promising them a lifetime of love and care. Make sure that you think about the type of pet you want to adopt, that they are suitable for your capabilities and lifestyle. You are also committing to provide proper training, socialization, ongoing exercise and mental stimulation for your pet.

Investment

It is important that pet ownership does require both financial investment, as well as an investment of your time. Recognize that pets do cost money to provide food, healthcare and toys, accessories, and entertainment for. Part of keeping your pet healthy involves routine checkups with your vet, not only reactionary visits when your pet is visibly sick. Pets also require you to invest a good amount of time in them; not only initially for training and socialization, but also time on a daily basis to connect and bond with your dog, and provide daily exercise and mental stimulation.

Compliance

You are required to follow by-laws in your area about cleaning up after your pet, and where pets are allowed to go, especially freely. Adopting a dog means you are aware of the rules in your area around pets, and agree to abide by those rules for the good of everyone.

Identification

You are responsible, as a pet owner, to make sure your pet is properly registered and identified, either by a collar and tags, or microchipping. This helps ensure that in the event your pet is separated from you, they are able to be easily identified and reunited with you.

Preparation

As a pet owner, you need to be prepared and prepare your pet for emergency and disaster situations. When making preparations, make sure to count your pet as a member of the family and prepare for them the same way you do the rest of the family.

So this week, take some extra time to not only but your pet a new treat or take them on an adventure, but to also reaffirm the commitment you made when you adopted them. Taking the time to celebrate the bond you have with your pet and the impact they have on your everyday life will contribute to both of you maintaining a long and loving relationship.


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COVID-19 Message to our Clients

To Our Valued Clients,

Our top priority is to provide exceptional care to our patients while safeguarding our staff and our community.  We continue to maintain our regular business hours and we are available to see you and your pets for essential veterinary health care services.

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and want to notify you of changes we are making at for the welfare of our staff, clients and patients. We have taken great care to implement safeguards to help reduce the spread of this virus.

Amended Procedures:

  • The doors to the hospital will be closed to the public
  • Visitors to the hospital must remain outside the hospital. This includes walk-ins, appointments and food/prescription purchases.
  • We will not be performing fit-n-fury, birthday exams, nail trims, routine dentals and non-essential surgeries until further advised.
  • We will no longer accept cash or in-person payment.

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Admittance:

  • A copy of our admittance and discharge instructions and patient history forms will be sent to you prior to the scheduled appointment.
  • Please remain in your vehicle and call us when you arrive in the parking lot.
  • We will assess your Covid-19 risk using the "patient screening pathway”.
  • When we are ready, we will motion for you to bring your pet from your vehicle to the clinic door. All dogs must be on leash and cats must be in carriers.
  • The veterinarian will call at the end of the examination or video conference you during the examination to discuss examination findings and recommendations.

Discharge:

  • You will be emailed a copy of the invoice including home notes.
  • Payment will be taken over the phone, via Interac e-Transfer, or online.
  • Any medication or items to be picked up will be given in a plastic bag at the time of discharge.
  • We will call you when we are ready for discharge at which time you will collect your pet outside of the clinic.

Food, inventory and medication pickup:

  • All items can be ordered over the phone or purchased using our online shop https://shop.avonleaanimalhospital.ca
  • For pickup, we will bring the items to you outside the clinic.

Product availability:

We have been in constant contact with the suppliers and manufacturers responsible for ensuring our hospitals have sufficient supply of veterinary diets and over the counter products, and we do not anticipate any disruption to this supply. However, instances of buying large quantities of these products have strained the supply chain. We respectfully request that our clients limit their purchases of these products to immediate need plus one month’s supply to ensure all clients and patients have access to these products.

Our goal is to keep our essential services available to the communities we serve and to be there for you and your pets. Thank you for your cooperation and for doing your part in helping to keep pets and people safe. Please do not hesitate to call with questions. We anticipate our phone lines will be busier than usual and we thank you in advance for your patience!

Our new hours of operation are as follows:

  • Monday: 9a-7p
  • Tuesday: 9a-7p
  • Wednesday: 9a-7p
  • Thursday: 9a-7p
  • Friday: 9a-7p
  • Saturday: 9a-3p
  • Sunday: closed

Call us if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment.