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.

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The Benefits of Having a Pet

Owning a pet is a wonderful experience. They are filled with unconditional love, fun, and memories to last a lifetime! But the benefits of owning a pet don’t stop there. There are many emotional and physical ways that having a pet can improve your quality of life.

Decreases Stress – Having your favourite furry friend by your side during hard times can significantly decrease your stress levels. They can provide an external focus on your attention. While you are focusing on taking care of your pet, other life stresses may take up less attention and worry.

Lowers Blood Pressure – Studies have shown that having a pet can potentially lower a person’s blood pressure. It is due to owners being less stressed when around their pets. Studies have also shown pet ownership to reduced cholesterol, decreased risk of strokes, and overall better cardiovascular health. Just by petting your cat, or cuddling with your dog may aid in lower blood pressure.

Eases Pain – Rather than reaching for a medication when dealing with chronic pain (like arthritis and migraines), reach for your pet. Spending close quality time with your pet can increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurochemicals that play large roles in making you feel better.

Improves Mood – With all of the unconditional love you get for your pet, it is almost impossible to be anything but happy around them! Coming home to a pet that is happy to see, you can turn a bad day into a good one.

Improves Communication/Socialization – Having a pet like a dog or a cat helps you connect and bond with other groups of people with pets. Everyone enjoys talking about their beloved pet and sharing their favourite stories. You can also meet new people on a walk with your dog, at the park, or even at the vet or the pet store. It improves communication and socialization with others.

Prevents Allergies – Despite what many people might think, having children around pets at a young age, may prevent certain allergies (providing they don’t already have a known allergy to pets). It will not, however, reverse any current allergies as an adult. They can also help build stronger immune systems in children. Dogs, for example, spend a lot of time outdoors around dirt and germs. Being exposed to these additional germs, can, in fact, improve your immunity to mild colds and illnesses.

Helps with Fitness/Exercise – Dogs specifically can encourage exercise, as they require daily walks. Some dogs also enjoy going on hikes, playing in the park and going swimming. Being active with your pet can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 416.752.5114.

Written by: Amanda Thompson, ACA

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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