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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Does My Pet Need Sunscreen?

Summertime is upon us; the time of BBQs, picnics, and pool parties! As you are dutifully slathering sunscreen on yourself, you may suddenly look down at Fluffy and wonder, does my pet need sunscreen too?

Animals with medium or long fur are for the large part, naturally protected from the sun. However, all dogs are more sensitive to the sun on their ears, nose, lips, and belly, where their fur is shorter. Animals with short or fine fur and dogs with light skin are more susceptible to getting sunburns.

The best way to prevent sunburn is to keep your pet inside during peak sun exposure hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). If they must be outside for prolonged periods during this time, apply sunscreen to their most sensitive areas (ears, nose, lips, and belly), and re-apply if they go swimming.

There are no veterinary specific sunscreens available in Canada, but you can look for baby sunscreen that does not contain any zinc oxide or para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), as these could be toxic if your pet licks it off their skin.

An alternative to sunscreen if your pet is outside for long hours, is UVA/UVB blocking shirts and hats. Dog goggles are also available to protect your dog’s eyes from the sun!

Written by Dr. Connie Tuck, DVM

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Last updated: June 29, 2020

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