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.

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Is Your Pet Anxious?

Many situations might be stressful to your pet that you may or may not recognize. Animals share many of the same anxieties that we have. Just think, when you are stressed out, you either have a drink, smoke a cigarette, have prescription medication from your doctor or some other form of relaxation. Our pets rely on us to help them through a stressful situation.

Stressful Situations:

  • Loud noises (fireworks), airplanes, trains, etc.
  • Visiting the doctor
  • Unfamiliar places
  • Change in daily routine
  • Meeting new people
  • Objects – Bicycles, skateboards strollers, wheelchairs, etc.

Signs of Anxiety:

  • Barking, whining or crying
  • Drooling
  • Lip smacking
  • Exaggerated yawn
  • Dilated pupils
  • Ears pulled back
  • Tail tucked under
  • Cowering or hiding
  • Shaking
  • Excessive shedding

There are easy ways to control your pets’ anxieties with either:

  • Pheromones – that can be worn in the form of a collar, diffused throughout your house or sprayed on a particular item. Over the counter.
  • Nutraceuticals – like Zylkene, which is a milk protein in a capsule that can be sprinkled on their food or in a chewy treat form.
  • Mellows – which also contains a milk protein along with a few other ingredients in a tasty chicken flavour chew.
  • Purina calming care – is a probiotic that is also sprinkled on the food.
  • Clomicalm – is a long-term medication for more severe anxieties just to mention a few.

If your pet is one that a veterinarian cannot get close to for an examination, there are also some prescriptions that can be given the day prior to your veterinary visit to get the desired effect — Trazadone/Gabapentin/Alprazolam, to name a couple.

Talk to your veterinarian to see what exactly your pet needs for the more extreme cases.

Written by: Laurie Box, RVT

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link. You will be connected to an on-call veterinarian that may be located at a different hospital.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Fairmont Animal Hospital