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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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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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. CANCELLATION POLICY

Clients must confirm their appointments 24 hours before their scheduled time slot at the latest. We will cancel appointments of clients who do not confirm and give them to waitlisted patients.

4. ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST ABUSE

We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who verbally, emotionally, or physically harm any of our teammates.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Wednesday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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 Moncton Animal Hospital