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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Mental Health Matters

Mental health in pets is one of the most common problems overlooked by owners and veterinary staff. It’s important to spot the signs of a mental health condition at home, either its depression or anxiety, to treat appropriately.

Common causes of a mental health problem:

  • The loss or introduction of someone in the home.
  • The owner being away.
  • An event (fireworks, car drives, new people around, being left alone).
  • Change in pet food and/or type of litter.
  • And so much more.

Signs of depression:

Cats:

  • A loss in appetite or overeating.
  • Over or under-grooming.
  • Hiding from people and/or avoiding affection.
  • Excessive vocalization.
  • Inappropriate litter box behaviour.

Dogs:

  • Stop eating or eating excessively.
  • Avoid people and hide in secluded places.
  • Paw licking or chewing.
  • Disobedient or lose interest in playtime.
  • Sleep more than usual.
  • Little to no excitement at something they use to love (your arrival, new toys etc.).

How to make your dog or cat happy and healthy:

  • Spend daily quality time with your pet. It can be playtime with your dog or simply sitting beside your cat for some time.
  • Routine, although a daily variety, exercise, and feeding; Avoid showering dogs with treats and attention. We don’t want to reward them for acting out or secluding themselves.
  • Reverse your normal walk and/or new dog park every so often.
  • Teach new tricks.
  • Interactive feeding bowls. Engages their brains, prevent fast eating and taps into their primal instincts as hunters.
  • “Toys-that-treat” and/or toys that offer different sounds and smells.
  • In some case, your veterinarian may prescribe medication to help your pet.

Pets don’t get old; at least they don’t know it. As pets get older, their brain cells do wear down when not used, just like people, and can result in increased forgetfulness and impaired ability to perform a high-level mental task. We need to keep those brain cells active from puppy to senior! Consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your pet. Prevention is key!

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