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Preparing Pets for Winter

Once the temperature drops to zero we often think of how much we need to prepare ourselves for winter- whether it’s buying winter boots, salt for the driveway, or antifreeze for the vehicle. When thinking of everything we need to do for ourselves it is easy to forget that our pets need to be prepared too. Here are some reminders to keep your pets safe during the colder months:

1. Melt safely! Be sure to use pet safe products on your driveway, steps, and sidewalk. Salt can be harmful to paw pads, causing irritation and even burns. There are products designed specifically for melting ice and snow with alternative technology to avoid pad damage and irritation caused by ingestion.

2. Bundle up! If you are cold, it is likely that your pet is too, especially smaller dogs and dogs with shorter hair coats. Lots of pet stores sell pet vests and jackets, and booties. Booties with grips not only help your pet with traction but help protect them from sharp shards of ice and caustic ice melts.

3. Antifreeze is toxic! Make sure to keep all antifreeze products stored in an area that pets cannot reach. Dogs can easily chew through child proof caps, so make sure that antifreeze bottles are inside of a cupboard or too high for pets to access.

4. Guard your fireplace! Whether it is a wood burning fire place or a gas fire place, make sure that you have a guard surrounding it to keep pets from getting too close and potentially getting burned.

5. Keep pets indoors! Keeping cats inside during cold months increases their safety as they will often jump up under vehicles to keep warm. If your dog goes outside, make sure they have a dog house to shield them from wind and snow. There are even heated mats that can be put inside of dog houses. Make sure to never leave your pets outside in freezing temperatures, which could result in frostbite.

Stay warm out there, Edmonton!

by Liz, RAHT

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, 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. 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.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Mill Creek Animal Hospital