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.

Christmas Hazards for Pets

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. However, it can also come with some serious and potentially lethal dangers to our pets. 

Most people know that chocolate is not safe for our animals, but there are other goodies and treats that are associated with the holidays that we need to be wary of.

  • Mince Pies and Christmas Pudding – all grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas are toxic to dogs, and so are the foods that contain them, so NO mince pies for them! 
  • Blue Cheese – while some people love it, blue cheese can cause vomiting, panting, muscle tremors, paddling or seizures in dogs due to its toxicity
  • Macadamia Nuts – these tasty little treats are not good for dogs as they can also cause vomiting, weakness, fever, muscle tremors and depression if ingested (dogs are the only ones affected by these) 
  • Garlic, chives, onions and leeks – are poisonous to dogs and cats! You may not see the symptoms of poisoning for several days. While a very small amount of these foods can be safe for some pets, especially dogs, larger amounts can be very toxic
  • Snow Globes – imported versions sometimes contain antifreeze, which can be fatal for cats, even if only a small teaspoon is ingested.
  • Lilies – these are very dangerous for cats to ingest! Eating only two or three leaves, or even drinking the water from a vase can lead to a potentially fatal outcome. We recommend owners try to avoid these plants in the home at all costs.

We hope everyone enjoys this festive time of year and has a happy, healthy Holiday Season! 

Written by Pam Hansen

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 519-453-2940. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the veterinarian will call you to discuss the details. We will then return your pet to your vehicle and payment can be processed over the phone (using a credit card).

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

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm.

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 bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle. We do have our online available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the Online Store button. There is free delivery for orders over $100.

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

6. 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.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Fairmont Animal Hospital