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Halloween Is Just Around the Corner!

Bring on the Treats, Tricks, and Fun! How Does This Affect Our Pets?

Halloween is one of the most fun holidays of the year, but it comes to a lot of dangers and stress for our pets. It’s important to remember that chocolates, candies, and other sweets are not for our furry friends and should not be left out where they can be reached or around children who may want to share. If it does happen, symptoms of chocolate toxicity may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures.

Other candies that contain an artificial sweetener called xylitol can also be very poisonous to dogs and cause a drop in blood sugar leading to loss of coordination and seizures. Large ingestions of sugary candies and sweets may also lead to pancreatitis – signs of this may not appear for several days after initial ingestion. Signs to watch for are a decrease in appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Even raisins, a healthy option for trick or treaters, are highly toxic and can cause a rapid onset of kidney failure. Signs of raisin toxicity include vomiting, which often contains whole or partially digested raisins, decreased appetite, lethargy, abdominal pain, and an increase or decrease of thirst and urination.

Unfortunately, it is not just Halloween treats that owners should be aware of. As adorable as our pets can be dressed up along with us, it’s important that your pet is comfortable and not restricted in any way. Be aware of snaps, beads, Velcro, buttons, strings, bows, and batteries. Even material in general for those dogs that love to chew can cause complications so be sure to keep an eye on your pet if you are planning on dressing them up this Halloween! If you find missing pieces keep an eye out for vomiting, gagging, a painful abdomen, lack of appetite, lethargy, and changes in bowels (diarrhea or constipation). If you see any of these signs, it is best to call your vet immediately.

Lastly, Halloween can be a very stressful time for your pets. Fireworks, firecrackers, knocking, doorbells, and strangers in the streets and at their door in unfamiliar and scary costumes can all cause fear and anxiety for your pets. Keep your furry friends inside in a safe place, whether that’s by your side or in a room of their own away from the noise and commotion. Have them on a leash or supervised while outside and be sure to have their ID tags lest there are any escapees!

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Last updated: January 4, 2022.

Dear Clients,

As a result of New Brunswick's plan to enter Level 2 of COVID-19 restrictions, we will proceed with the following protocol, effective immediately, until restrictions have been lifted.

We will be moving back to a curbside “Closed Waiting Room” policy, which means no clients will be permitted in the building, with exceptions. However, we will continue to offer FULL veterinary services.

If you have been contacted by Public Health or are showing symptoms of the virus, we ask that you call us to reschedule your appointment.

Procedure for surgeries and general appointments:

1. Call us at 622-2355 when you arrive in the parking lot. We will proceed in checking you in remotely.

2. When the Dr is ready to see your pet we will call your cell phone or wave at your vehicle and have you bring your pet to the main door. Please wear a mask when approaching the hospital to pass your pet to us.

3. A veterinarian will perform an examination or requested procedure inside the hospital while you wait in your vehicle, or a drop off appointment can be arranged.

4. Once the care of your animal is complete, the veterinarian will call you with their findings and devise a treatment plan.

5. Payment will be taken over the phone or in the parking lot via a portable debit machine. We are trying to limit cash use to a minimum.

6. Food and medications pick up will be curbside and payment can be accepted via e-transfer or credit card over the phone.

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday and Thursday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
- Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

- Your dedicated team at Waterview Animal Hospital