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.

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Heat Stroke

After a long cold winter, it feels like those hot summer days will never come, but thankfully they are on their way! We love the summer heat, but let’s not forget how easy it is for our pets to overheat! Heat stroke can be a serious and even life-threatening condition that occurs as a result of the body’s core temperature rising above 40 degrees C. Heat stroke often occurs when pets are left with inadequate ventilation in hot cars, though it can also occur when animals are left outside in hot, humid conditions without shade, when animals are exercised in hot and humid weather or even left in cars on relatively cool days. Recent studies show that temperatures in cars even on cool days can be 20 degrees warmer than outside and cracking the window doesn’t make much difference. We often see more cases of heat stroke in the early summer before our pets acclimate to the warmer temperatures.

Don’t forget, dogs and cats are more at risk for heat stroke than we are- partly due to their fur coats, but also because they are unable to sweat like we are to help bring down their temperatures! Certain pets are more at risk of developing heat stroke: pediatric and geriatric pets, animals with airway disease (cats with asthma), overweight animals, dark coloured dogs and brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston terriers etc.

Symptoms that may indicate that your dog has heat stroke include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness/collapsing
  • Changes to the colour of the gums to blue/purple or bright red in colour altered mental state
  • Seizures
  • Strokes
  • Brain swelling

What should you do if your pet has these symptoms?
Immediately remove your pet from the environment where the hyperthermia occurred! Begin cooling with cool, wet towels being careful to not over cool. Don’t use ice! If you can take a rectal temperature, please do so and record it. Then, get your pet to his or her veterinarian immediately! Heat stroke can affect almost every organ system in the body. Simply lowering the body temperature may not be enough to prevent a life-threatening consequence. If your home tends to get hot in the summer and lacks good airflow, a fan can help!

Let’s all enjoy our beautiful Maritime summer, but keep in mind that our pets overheat easier than we do!

Written by: Dr. Susan Brown, DVM

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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 Monday, March 23, 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 902-477-4040. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 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 over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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

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.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken 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 Spryfield Animal Hospital