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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Essential Oil Safety Tips

You may find using essential oils for aromatherapy helps you relax, it’s important to keep in mind they can also pose a safety risk to pets. Here are a few facts and tips about essential oils and your pet.

Essential oils can be toxic.

It’s important to realize that many essential oil products are volatile compounds, which means they can be potentially toxic to pets at certain concentrations. Inadvertently inhale, lick or ingest these essential oils can be terribly dangerous for your four-legged “furriends.”

Signs of essential oil poisoning:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Difficulty walking or uncoordinated gait.
  • Drooling.
  • Lethargy or weakness.
  • Muscle tremors.
  • Pawing at the mouth or face.
  • Redness or burns on the lips, gums, tongue, or skin.
  • Vomiting.

Cats are especially sensitive to essential oils.

Their “Sniffers” are sensitive.

Your pets have a much better sense of smell than we do. Essential oil and/or other very strong smells might, in fact, be irritating to them and cause discomfort. Birds, in particular, should be protected from any strong smells; they have such different and even more sensitive respiratory tracts, and the inhalation of essential oils is not recommended.

It’s not the same product.

Many pet care products, such as shampoos, may contain essential oils, although because they are greatly diluted with other ingredients, they are generally safe to use according to label directions. Remember, pure essential oils are not diluted for safe use in pets, especially on broken skin. If absorbed into the bloodstream, damage and/or failure to vital organs can occur.

Potpourri Precautions

Liquid potpourri should never be used on or ingested by your pet. They are a combination of essential oils and harmful detergents. These detergents can cause chemical burns in the mouth and on the skin. If your pet accidentally comes in contact with liquid potpourri, contact your emergency veterinarian immediately.

Safety tips using essential oils around pets.

  • Keep essential oils and liquid potpourri products out of reach of all pets at all times.
  • Curious cats may want to investigate new smells. Never leave opened essential oils or simmering potpourri unattended.
  • Never apply a concentrated or any essential oils on your pet.
  • Using a diffuser? Only use in a large room to dilute the smell and concentration in the air.
  • Store your essential oil bottles in a safe air sealed bag or container.

If your pet has ingested or been in contact with any essential oils, contact your emergency veterinarian immediately.

Written by Monica Blanchard, RVT

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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 Tuesday, March 24, 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 506.857.4271. 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 to Friday: 9:00 - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. We are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. 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 Moncton Animal Hospital