We remain open to provide urgent 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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Primrose Perspective – It’s Getting Hot in Here

Hello friends! I hope everyone has been enjoying this summer heat and keeping cool. Today I wanted to talk about a serious topic – pets in hot cars.

Did you know that under the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Act, it is against the law to leave a pet unattended in a parked vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal? Even on a relatively mild day, temperatures in a parked car can become dangerous or even life-threatening in a matter of minutes. My mom (Dr. Sarah Bowyer) tells me that SPCAs across Canada receive hundreds of reports of pets being left in cars every year.

Why is that important to know for pets? Well, for us dogs and cats, we cannot respond to heat in the same way that our humans do. First of all, we all have our beautiful hair coats covering our entire bodies. We also do not have sweat glands all over our bodies to help regulate our temperature. Instead, we only have a few in our feet and around our noses. Often, we rely on panting to lose heat. Therefore, we are quite susceptible to heatstroke.

Mom has a special name for heatstroke – hyperthermia. It means elevated core body temperatures above the normal range resulting in heat injury to the internal organs and tissues. It means when we get too hot, our internal organs become damaged, leading to us feeling unwell and possibly dying. That sounds scary! At the end of the day, folks, don’t leave your pet in a hot car, even if it’s just for a few minutes, or it could have terrible consequences.

The common signs of heatstroke include any or all of the following:

  • Panting
  • Drooling, salivating
  • Agitation, restlessness
  • Very red or pale gums
  • Bright red tongue
  • Increased heart rate
  • Breathing distress
  • Vomiting Diarrhea (possibly with blood)
  • Signs of mental confusion, delirium
  • Dizziness, staggering
  • Lethargy, weakness
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures
  • Collapsing and lying down
  • Little to no urine production
  • Coma

If you see any of these symptoms in your pet, it is best to contact your vet (or my mom) right away!

If you believe the dog or cat is in obvious distress, dial 310-SPCA (7722) or 911 for fire or police.
When calling to report an animal in a hot car, please be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Your name and phone number?
  • What is the location, make, model and colour of the vehicle?
  • Is the vehicle running?
  • Is the vehicle parked in the shade?
  • Are the windows down?
  • About how long has the pet been left alone in the vehicle?
  • Is the pet sitting or lying down or panting?
  • How does the animal react to a knock on the window?
  • Is there water in the vehicle for the animal?

If you have any questions, give us a call at 705.566.4085.

Written by: Dr. Sarah Bowyer, DVM

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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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Our door will be locked. Please call the number posted on the front door when you arrive and one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians will come to take the history and collect your pet. Our veterinarian will contact you by phone to discuss your pet's health before you leave.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 am - 6 pm, Wednesday 8 am - 7 pm, and Friday 8 am - 4 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 ahead of time to ensure we have what you need and can have it prepared before your arrival. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please 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 jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Cambrian Animal Hospital