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.
What You Need to Know Before Travelling with Your Furry Comrade
August 27, 2019
If you’re travelling with your pets here are some things to keep in mind before embarking on an excursion with your furry companion(s).
If you’re staying in the country:
Before travelling to a destination, it is always best to research restaurants, hotels and local venues that may or may not enjoy the company of your tail wagging amigo. The research could entail calling, looking at company websites, and visiting tourism centres for recommendations. Some hotels and Bed and Breakfasts may have pet specific rooms available. Some restaurants may have decks for you to sit out and enjoy your meal without leaving your furry friend cooped up elsewhere. To be on the safe side, make sure that your pet is up to date on his or her vaccines and flea/tick prevention and deworming. Especially with the rising prevalence of Lyme disease and instances of the Leptospirosis virus.
If you’re travelling outside the country:
When your destination is that of going abroad, researching can take longer and may start months before travelling. As well, nothing is ever too easy; every country has its set of rules regarding travelling with pets. Prior to booking your flight, call border services and/or visit their website for a set of rules and regulations. Many countries require that your pet visit a veterinarian and be up to date on their vaccinations. Countries may pick and choose which ones are the most important, especially in the case of the Rabies vaccine. Flea and tick prevention and deworming may also be required and up to date, provided they are the recommended brands they have outlined in their rules and regulations. Some countries may also require the proper paperwork from your veterinarian. It may include a Health Certificate stating that your pet has been seen, is up to date on vaccines and deemed healthy for travel. It is also important that you have the proper carrier or crate for your pet. It is often outlined in the airports’ regulations.
It may seem to be very overwhelming when you’re planning a trip. However, when it’s all said and done, you’ll enjoy your lovely time away from home knowing that your pet is protected. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact your veterinarian and/or border services for additional information.
If you have any questions, give us a call at 902.477.4040.
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