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April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month

This April, we would like our clients to consider Pet First Aid. Summer is coming, and that always means more time outside away from the city and away from local veterinary clinics. We all love getting out to the mountains, hiking and camping, or even just down to the river here in Calgary. April is the perfect time to ensure that you have the skills to take care of your furry family members if you ever experience an emergency situation. Having any medical first aid knowledge always helps, but there are some extra pointers specifically for pet first aid.

Pet and First Aid Kit

Here are a few different initial assessments you can do to check your pet’s medical status:

1. Dehydration

  • To determine if your cat or dog is dehydrated, pull up on the skin between the shoulder blades. It should spring right back; if it stays tented this is a sign of dehydration.

2. Heat Stroke/Exhaustion

  • Signs of heat stroke or heat exhaustion include collapse; body temperature of 104 degrees F or above; bloody diarrhea or vomiting; wobbliness; excessive panting or difficulty breathing; increase heart rate; mucous membranes very red; and increased salivation.

3. Seizures

  • Similar to humans, if your pet has a seizure, make sure it is in a safe place. Also, do not restrain the animal. Keep your hands away from its mouth as your pet may not know who you are during a seizure and could bite you out of fear.

4. Poisoning

  • Signs of pet poisoning include bleeding externally or internally, dilated pupils, drooling or foaming at the mouth, seizures or other abnormal mental state or behaviour. The ASPCA Pet Poison Hotline number, in case of emergencies, is 1-888-426-4435.

Check out the Red Cross website for more first aid tips for pet owners, and also more offers such as videos and first aid classes.

The Red Cross has a mobile app that you can download onto your smartphone and consult if you ever find yourself needing some extra information.

You can also always consult the Canada Humane Society or the American Humane Society website for continuous and up to date information regarding all relevant holidays and the National days regarding pets!

Written by Acadia Drive Animal Clinic

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the 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.

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 to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 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 Acadia Drive Animal Clinic