We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Did you know…

  • Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.

These facts and figures were provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and may sound a little bit scary. Any dog, even the most friendly pets, can bite under the right circumstances.

So, what causes our beloved pets to bite? Common reasons include fear and pain:

  • Learn to recognize signs of fear in dogs, including early warning signs (called “calming signals”) like lip-licking, yawning, and looking away.
  • If your pet has certain environmental triggers that contribute to fear and anxiety, learn to recognize them and mediate them. For example, some pets have storm or noise phobias, or severe separation anxiety. Tools like the ThunderShirt (available to purchase at Companion Animal Hospital) can work very well for some pets.
  • Other pets may need prescription medication to aid with anxiety. Talk to your pet’s doctor. Just like some people with anxiety disorders, these medications can offer much needed help.
  • Calming pheromone products like Adaptil can help some pets.
  • Socialization is important for pets young and old, and doesn’t just mean “meeting lots of people,” but helping your dog experience different people, places, and things in a safe and secure way to help reduce fear and anxiety in future encounters. Dr. Sophia Yin goes over puppy socialization in detail here.
  • Dogs can be wonderful family members, but make sure that you can teach children that interact with your dog how to do it safely. The AVMA has some great tips!
  • Pain can be difficult to detect in some pets. After all, many of them live to please us! Pets are masters at hiding pain. Learn about what can cause pain and how to recognize it. Regular checkups with your pet’s veterinarian can help detect problems early.

While prevention is the best solution, sometimes bites happen. Read up on what to do if you’re bitten by a dog here.

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Halloween Hazards for Pets

We love Halloween! From the cool and creative costumes, trick-or-treating, parties, and (let's be honest) the candy, Halloween can be a fun time for everyone. But, there are many hazards that our pets face during these fall festivities.

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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 Thursday, March 19, 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 902.434.3111. We will meet you at the door and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will take a history of your pet over the phone. Once the examination is finished, the veterinarian will call you to discuss treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a cell phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive appointments and surgeries. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN, but with reduced hours. On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding :
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

4. 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 take payment over the phone and bring your order to the door. 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.

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

6. 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.

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 Companion Animal Hospital