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.
Scientifically known as Cyanobacteria, Blue-Green Algae is a bacteria that is incredibly harmful to both people and pets. It’s a microscopic plant-based organism that prospers in ponds, rivers, lakes and streams that are rich in phosphorus and nitrogen. Generally, it is not visibly noticed in the water. However, populations can grow, creating a very large bloom. They primarily present as blue-green in colour or can also be olive green or red. Blooms typically grow in late summer to early fall and thrive in stagnant, warm and shallow water. Unfortunately, these blooms also present with very distinct odours: fresh blooms may smell like freshly mowed grass, while older blooms smell like rotting garbage.
If you happen to suspect a blue-green algae bloom, it is imperative that you and your pet avoid it as many varieties produce toxins that can be dangerous and even deadly. Do not use, drink, swim or bathe in infected water and restrict pets and livestock access.
How do I know if my pet has been exposed?
Symptoms can occur in as little as 15 minutes after exposure or can take several days to manifest. Signs an owner should look out for are:
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.
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