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.

Road Trips with Pets

It’s almost summer time, and many families are planning their vacations. And if your vacation plans include your four-legged family members, then there are a few things to consider. First of all, how well do Fifi and Ginger travel? If you have pets that are continually howling or panting and anxious when in the car and you have a five-day drive ahead of you, then you may want to consider boarding them or having a pet sitter come in.

If your dog gets car sick, some medications can help. The newest is a prescription drug, so you will need to see your veterinarian before your travel date.

Remember, cats should travel in carriers; most feel safer, and it prevents them from getting under feet or into small inconvenient hiding places. Ideally, dogs should also be in kennels or restrained with a canine seat belt, etc. They should not be in the passenger seat if there is an airbag and they are the least safe in the driver’s lap! Allowing pets to stick their heads out windows can be dangerous as well. Flying debris or even just dust can damage their eyes, and I have unfortunately had to treat several pets that fell out of windows when the car turned a corner quickly or had to stop unexpectedly.

Please make sure that you leash your dogs before bringing them out of the car for their potty breaks. They may always stay by your side in their regular environments, but when away from home they may encounter new things that can be scary and you don’t want them able to get away from you and rush in front of a passing car!

Having proper ID on your pet is also important. Make sure that they have some sort of ID on their collar with your phone number and don’t forget to include your area code if you are travelling far from home! Having your pet microchipped is also an excellent option. Then if your pet gets lost without his collar ID and is taken to a vet clinic, a shelter or a pound, they will be able to scan for the microchip and call the company to get your contact information.

If your vacation includes staying with friends and family, be courteous and ask them beforehand if they mind your pets staying with them. If staying in hotels, at resorts or campgrounds make sure that they are pet-friendly, and get a definition of what that means. Some places only allow a certain number of pets per room; some only allow pets of a certain size and many have additional charges for having pets on site. Plan ahead, many places that allow pets don’t let you leave them in the rooms unattended. You will need to consider this as well.

More on pet travel next month including tips for air travel. Happy Vacationing!

Written By: Dr. Janis M. Fisher, DVM, CVA



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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.