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.
Grooming is an integral part of dog ownership and helps build a solid relationship between you and your pet. Bathing and grooming your dog will not only keep them clean and healthy but your home as well. The benefits of bathing can include cleaning the skin and coat, which help to remove loose hair, scale and debris and improve the hair coat’s shine. Always use a dog-specific shampoo. Dogs have sensitive skin, and their PH is different from the PH of human skin, so human shampoo products should not be used on dogs. Brushing and combing your dog’s fur is an important part of general pet care. Brushing helps maintain your dog’s coat in good condition by removing loose hair and preventing mats & knots. Brushing also helps to distribute healthy natural skin oils over the hair shaft, promoting a shiny coat and helping dirt to slide off of the fur. This can also help to reduce the need to bathe too often. Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed is important too. If nails become too long, it can cause health problems, such as torn nails and even broken toes. Ear cleaning is another part of the grooming regime. All dogs should have their ears cleaned from time to time, but some dogs and certain breeds may need more frequent cleanings. You can either use an ear cleaner from your veterinarian or just use a clean cloth to wipe out any debris. Never put cotton-tipped applicators into the ear any further than you can see. Damage to the ear canal can occur! You can also try some basic dental care at home. We recommend starting to brush your dog’s teeth as a puppy, to get him/her used to have your fingers in their mouth. You can use a small piece of gauze, wrapped around your finger and wipe your dog’s mouth gently. Or if possible use a soft toothbrush and pet toothpaste. Most dog’s love the flavour of some of the kinds of toothpaste!
On average, most dogs need to have their nails trimmed every 1-2 months. Some dogs may need them trimmed more often if they don’t spend much time walking on sidewalks, hence filing them down. You can tell if your dog’s nails are too long if you hear them clicking on the floor when they walk.
What is the cost of grooming small, medium and large dogs?
We don’t groom dogs at our clinic. We recommend you find a good groomer for you and your pet’s needs.
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
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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
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