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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The Importance of Keeping a Bandage on and Wearing an E-Collar

As veterinary professionals, there is a myth we hear in the clinic about dogs and cats having “healing tongues” or “clean mouths.” A lot of our clients have a misconception that licking an incision/wound will help it heal, but this is not the case. The truth is, their mouths are full of bacteria, and a wound or a surgery site can easily get infected by licking. The other concern we have when our pets are licking the surgery site is the incision opening up. Sutures used to close the incision can fall out from licking, leaving the area sore, open, and possibly in need of another surgery to repair the damage.

For dogs that don’t respond well to wearing an e-collar aka “cone of shame,” fitting them with a t-shirt or jammies is a great option (where applicable). When the area of interest is on a paw, keeping it covered with a bandage can be beneficial for multiple reasons: it keeps the area covered and protected from licking, as well it keeps the area clean and dry. That being said, if the bandage gets wet, it will need to be replaced. Leaving a bandage soaked makes a perfect breeding ground for yeast and bacteria. Clients can cover the bandage with a waterproof booty, such as a plastic bag if it is wet or raining out. However, it is important to remove the booty when they are inside, so it doesn’t cause the paw to sweat.

Written by: Trisha Ferris, RVT

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Last updated: July 14, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 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. OPERATING HOURS

Starting June 8, we are available to serve you and your pets during the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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.

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

- Your dedicated team at Spryfield Animal Hospital