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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Dog Behavioural Counselling

Behavioural concerns are still one of the leading reasons why dogs are surrendered to shelters each year. While it can be difficult to overcome some behavioural problems, many are reversible with patience, understanding and the right approach. We are always happy to help you in preventing or correcting unwanted behaviours your pet may be displaying.

How can behavioural counselling help my dog’s behaviour?


Many unwanted behaviours are the result of us not understanding our dog’s language or biological needs, inadvertently and unintentionally rewarding unwanted behaviours or taking ineffective approaches to correct their behaviours. Behavioural counselling will ensure a consistent, effective commitment to training and help determine the best path to eliminating or replacing unwanted behaviours.

What happens at the initial dog counselling meeting?


The starting point to all behavioural consultations involves a complete physical exam. Diagnostics may also be requested (blood work and x-rays) to rule out underlying medical issues that could contribute to changes in behaviour. A thorough history of your dog’s physical and mental behaviours is gathered and discussed to help pinpoint any triggers or potential factors contributing to the behaviour. We will then work together to come up with a training plan, which may include referral to a local trainer, a veterinary behaviourist and/or medications or supplements.

Will my pet insurance policy cover the cost of dog behaviour counselling?


Pet insurance is a wonderful thing, and there are many comprehensive plans available through a number of providers. The company and type of plan you have will determine your coverage amounts in different areas of medicine. For answers to your pet insurance questions, it is always best to contact your provider.

What can I expect after the consultation?


The outcome of your dog’s behaviour consult will vary depending on the nature and severity of the concerns. It is fair to say that even with minor problems, some level of daily homework is to be expected. Your veterinarian will be sure to discuss potential outcomes, follow up visits and next steps with you.

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. 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 and equine, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED

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 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.

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.

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 Avon Animal Hospital