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.


5 Tips and Tricks to Pet Photography

As a pet photographer myself, I am often asked for tips on how to get that perfect picture. Here are a few tips to help you get closer to achieving a great photo of your beloved pet!

Reward System
When you are taking pictures of your cat or dog, always be sure to have a reward system in place. For example, every time you get your pet to look at the camera, reward him/her with a treat. You can pick up a bag of Benny Bullys; they work great. Another great trick to get your pup or kitty to look at the camera is to hold something of high value above your camera. It could be a squeaky toy or a treat they really like.

Get Comfortable
Some pets can be very camera shy when taking pictures of your fur baby you will want to get them comfortable with the camera and any equipment you are using, this takes lots and lots of patience. Let them sniff around your camera or your phone and talk to them gently. It will help them get used to everything. It could take some time, so make sure you are prepared to devote some of your days to this activity.

Get On Their Level
Some of the best shots I have taken have been from the ground. Don’t be afraid to get dirty while taking pictures of your animals. Take your shots from lower angles to get a better perspective of your pet. Also, by getting down to their level, they will not feel like you are towering over them while taking pictures, that can be scary for some animals.

It is perhaps one of the most important tips; lighting is everything. Make sure you are in a well-lit room when you decide to take photos. Try and find a room with a window; natural light is easy to use and easy to find in your home. Have your pet sit as close to the window as you can. Good lighting is the key to getting your pet’s eyes to shine in the picture. You will want the light to be in front of your subject; this is best for portraits.

Have Fun
Having fun is even more important than lighting! Have fun! Animals feed off of your energy. If you don’t have fun…they know. If you are happy to be there, your furry friends will be happy to pose for you, and you may even get a few goofy shots. Overall, this is meant to be a fun experience for both you and your pet. So get out there and be sure to share your masterpieces with the world!

Written by: Sam Miller, ACA



Winter Hazards & Your Pets

The winter season is a wonderful time of year for everyone, but can also be a stressful time as well. With lots of time spent outside in the snow, and preparing for those pesky winter storms!

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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 Monday, March 23, 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 416-752-5114. 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. We are also no longer taking grooming appointments as of Monday, March 30, until further notice.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Friday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 7-10 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. 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.

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

7. 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 McLean Animal Hospital