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.

Spring is Here!

Spring is finally HERE! As the weather gets nicer some dangers can pop up for the animals in our lives and neighbourhoods. Warmer weather brings out lots of pesky critters. A pet owners main concerns are fleas, ticks and parasitic infections. If pets frequent the outdoors, attend daycare, boarding facilities, or a groomer then preventive flea treatment is needed. Pets with a flea infestation will become itchy and abnormally scratch, lick and bite at themselves. They can get red patches on their skin, have some hair loss and you may notice “flea dirt” (small black/brown patches) on their skin. If you notice pale gums, this can be a sign of anemia.

  • Anemia can be caused by a serious infestation of fleas when the body can no longer produce enough red blood cells to combat the feeding fleas.
  • Ticks gather in grassy fields, wooded areas, gardens, and beaches waiting for a host, like yourself or your pet, to jump onto and feed. Cats and dogs with very active lifestyles can use preventive tick products to reduce the risk of tick-borne illnesses. It’s important to do a tick check after outings with your pet by running your fingers through their fur applying pressure to feel for any small bumps. You can purchase tick twister or key products for safely removing attached ticks.
  • Parasitic infections, such as worms can be picked up from an animal ingesting things they shouldn’t. Cat owners may find mice on their doorstep and dogs get into some pretty gross situations. Fecal testing and deworming medication may be necessary. Some of the symptoms your pet may experience include scooting and/or licking at their rear end, diarrhea, a bloated stomach, and visible worms in their stool. Don’t rely on seeing those nasty worms though, not all worms are visible to the naked eye! If you have concerns seek medical advice from your Veterinarian.
  • Gardening with care is very important for both your indoor and outdoor gardens. Certain plants can be toxic to dogs, cats, and many other species. When choosing plants and seeds for the garden.
  • Be very cautious when using products such as fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides.
  • Follow the directions on the bottle and store in a secured location. There are several alternatives to chemical products on the market and many things you can D-I-Y. Acid-loving plants can benefit from a white vinegar solution and eggs shells are approximately 96% calcium which can help strengthen the cellular structure of plants
  • If you choose to have a toxic plant in your home, place it in a location where your pets do not have access…

Spring cleaning and home improvements are a time-honoured tradition for many households. Reading labels of cleaning products carefully or choosing natural alternatives can help protect your pets. Paints and other home improvements products should always be kept in a secure location. Physical hazards such as nails, staples, blades and debris from projects are dangerous to wandering paws and loose lips, it is best to confine your pet to a safe room or crate while you are preoccupied cleaning and working.

Follow these tips and all your family members will enjoy spring!

Written by Jessica, Vet Assistant

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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.