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.


Cottaging with Your Pet

This time of year a lot of people will be travelling to a cottage, and many are bringing their pets with them; particularly dogs. This article will outline some reminders to ensure you have a safe and organized family vacation!

Be Veterinary Ready

Time flies by quickly when packing and getting ready for a trip, so don’t forget to call several days in advance to refill any of your pet’s medications so that you do not run out while you are away. Even if your pet is not on medication, it might be a good idea to call ahead and ask for appropriate dosages for over the counter drugs such as Benadryl in case your pet suffers from any allergic reactions to bug bites. If your pet is on special food, don’t forget to order ahead for that as well, and pack extra food in case you end up spending extra time away.

Research where the nearest veterinary clinic will be to your location and print off a small map with their contact information and phone number. Sometimes cell signals are not as strong, and you can’t always rely on being able to ‘google’ the information during an emergency.

Travel Time

Some dogs love jumping in the car to join the family for a fun road trip – others get carsick and do not enjoy travelling at all. If you have never taken your dog on a long car ride before, start practicing in the weeks leading up to your long journey. Increase the amount of time your dog is in the car to see how they will handle things. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet does get carsick as there are excellent drugs to prevent nausea. If your dog gets anxious on car rides, there are calming pheromone sprays and anti-anxiety drugs that can make the car ride smoother.

Always plan for bathroom and water breaks for your pet, and a safe location to sit in during the ride itself. The safest means of travel is to purchase a harness with an attachment that buckles into your car’s seatbelt, so your pet is buckled in the back seat just like the other passengers. Travelling in a carrier (especially if your dog is used to its carrier) will also keep them safe in the event of an accident. Remember to NEVER drive with your pet in your lap. Not only is a pet in your lap a distraction while you are driving, if an accident were to occur the force of an airbag going off could severely injure or kill your pet, and injure yourself as well.

Safety at the Cottage

Cottages bring busy families the peace of mind they are craving during our beautiful summer weather but do be aware of safety hazards that exist for your pet. If your dog is not a strong swimmer, consider buying them a dog lifejacket (available at most pet stores). Making sure your pet is on medication to prevent them from getting bitten by fleas and ticks will keep them comfortable (and stop them bringing them into your cottage!) Wildlife abounds in cottage country, and depending on your location (and size of your pet) be aware of snakes, hawks, coyotes, and bears that could harm your pet.

Planning and being prepared ensures that you and your pet will be able to have a relaxing and happy vacation.

Written by Stephanie, RVT



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