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Fireworks and Anxiety

As the excitement of Canada Day approaches, it is important to keep in mind how the noise of fireworks and celebrations might affect our furry friends. Dogs specifically can hear higher decibels and at four times the distance of humans. One can only imagine how this affects them during thunderstorms!

Signs of Anxiety/Stress Behaviour:

  • Pacing
  • Hiding
  • Excessive panting
  • Vocalizing more than usual
  • Excessively cuddly/clingy behaviour

Things we can do to help as pet owners:

  • Find a safe space for your pet to hide with a favourite toy or blanket.
  • Thunder shirts for both cats and dogs. These are compression vests that mimic the comfort of being hugged and apply light pressure to the body. You can find them here.
  • Feliway (for cats) or Adaptil (for dogs) diffusers and sprays which release calming hormones.
  • There are also anti-anxiety medications that can be prescribed by your veterinarian. Please set up a consultation to go over the best approach for you and your pet.

Written by Centretown Veterinary Hospital

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Last updated: February 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

Below are 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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


5. 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 Centretown Veterinary Hospital