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.

5 Holiday Tips for Our Pets

The holidays are an exciting time for everyone! It is also one of the busiest times at the veterinary hospitals. The holidays can bring extra dangers to our furry friends that can end up with a visit to the doctor and maybe a hefty vet bill. At Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives we want to help you prevent your fur baby from ending up in the emergency over the holidays, follow these few tips to keep them safe.

Alcohol: Just like children, make sure all alcoholic beverages are out of your pets’ reach. If they ingest this adult substance, it can cause your pet to become very ill. Some cases of alcohol poisoning in pets have ended in coma or death.

Decorations: It’s fun to decorate your house with pretty things, but sometimes your pets can mistake them for toys. Try to stay away from decorations like tinsel or small objects as they can be swallowed leading to an obstruction of the digestive tract. Symptoms of ingestion can be severe vomiting, dehydration and sometimes surgery is the only treatment.

Fatty foods and chocolates: The holidays are a time for good food and tasty sweets, but this doesn’t mean we need to give our pets a bite too. There are many foods we need to keep away from our pets. To list just a few: Chocolate, anything sweetened with xylitol, fatty foods, spicy foods, cooked bones, sugary baked goods and sweets like candy canes. If you feed your pet holiday food or treats, it could lead to pancreatitis, toxicity, obstruction, vomiting, diarrhea and even death if xylitol or chocolate overdoses occur.

Noisy company: The holidays are a great time to visit or have visitors. While this can be a fun time for us, sometimes it’s not so fun for our pets. Allowing them a safe and quiet place to escape when the humans get loud and overwhelming is key to stress reduction over the holidays. This will also prevent your guests from slipping your pet something they should not be eating such as a cookie off of the coffee table.

Christmas Tree: Nothing smells better than a freshly cut Christmas tree in the living room. What you probably haven’t thought of though is how many dangers can come when bringing this into our home. Make sure all trees are securely tied to the wall to prevent them from crashing down on our little fur angels. The water in the tree pot can also be toxic to our pets if ingested. Be aware of how low you place tree decorations as they can get knocked off with a swish of a tail, or swat of a paw. They are sparkly and glittery and look very appealing to pets with a curious eye. Christmas lights are a must when decorating a tree, but just remember, pets could get tangled and choke or electrocute themselves if chewing on live wires. ALWAYS remember to unplug your Christmas lights even you go to sleep or are not home. This can prevent our pets from getting electrocuted, or worse, set the house on fire.

Written by Jenna Tibert, Client Care Specialist


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

3. 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. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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.

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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.