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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Are You Being Safe? Walking Your Dog at Night

Days are starting to shorten as we head toward autumn. When visibility is low, you have to take your dog’s safety, and your own, into a little more consideration. Here are some recommendations to ensure everyone’s safety.

Reflection
One of the most important things is to make sure you and your dog are visible to passing traffic.

  • Wear lighter coloured clothing.
  • Reflective fabrics or trim.
  • Well fitted jacket, sweater collar or leash for your dog with visible reflective features.

Light the way
A flashlight or headlamp will make you even more visible. There are LED collars, harnesses and leashes available for the pet when walking at dusk or night.

Dress for the weather
Daytime temperature is often too hot for outdoor activities, and evening temperatures can get quite chilly. Dress accordingly to warm or chilly weather; pets can get cold too.

Wearing a light jacket/sweater is also a safe way to protect you and your pet against mosquitoes. Caution when using any pet-friendly bug repellents, they might still cause skin or nose irritation for your pets.

Always on a leash
It’s very important to keep your dog on a leash when walking at night. Here are just a few possibilities of what could happen if your dog is not on a leash.

  • Wander out of your sight
  • Run into traffic
  • Chase a rabbit in the woods, or in traffic
  • Get into someone’s garbage
  • And we could go on…

Danger of wildlife
Coyotes, raccoons, skunks and other critters are often most active at night, another great reason to keep your dog leashed. If you do happen to spot any wildlife while out for a walk, slowly walk away and alter your route, so you and your dog doesn’t come into contact with it.

It’s also important to avoid dark paths/wooded areas, and stay in busier, well-lit areas. Not only do you have fewer chances of meeting wildlife, but it’s less common to have human predators in a public place.

Phone on hold
It’s a great idea to bring your phone with you on a night walk in case of an emergency, although it leaves the tunes on silent. When it’s hard to see, you need to rely more on your hearing to know what’s going on around you.

Stick to what you know
Nighttime isn’t the right time for exploring new trails and streets.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 506.857.4271.

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