Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
They come out of hibernation and into our yards. They are black with a white stripe and smell horrible, or they are brown and covered in pokey quills. Know which critters I am talking about now? Yep, skunks and porcupines. These little guys can wreak havoc on dogs and their owners.
At Avon Animal Hospital, we see a lot of the after effects of skunks and porcupines. Whether it is a dog with a muzzle full of quills or a panicked owner whose dog is reeking of skunk. Sometimes encounters with these wilderness critters are unavoidable, here’s what you need to know:
Have a skunk bath kit ready: pick up a bottle of skunked shampoo to have on hand. THEY ACTUALLY DO WORK! There are a few different kinds, some that can even be used in the washing machine on bedding. Follow the directions on the bottle carefully for best results.
If your dog has come upon a porcupine it might be in your best interest not to try to pull the quills out yourself. This can be very painful for the pet, and very scary. When a pet comes into the clinic to have the quills removed, we sedate the pet for their comfort and safety, and so we can have a very thorough exam. Especially if there are quills in the dog’s mouth! There can be HUNDREDS of quills! Often some of the tiny quills are hard to see or they have gone in quite deep, so it requires “feeling”. Our technicians and vets are very good at feeling quills that can’t be seen. When all of the quills are removed, the dog is given an anti-inflammatory for pain and swelling, and antibiotic for a possible infection.
Hopefully, you and your dog are able to avoid these forest creatures this spring and summer!
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.
We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.
Beginning July 2, 2020, clients are able to come into the hospital with their pets with the following restrictions:
SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us.
Face coverings must be worn to enter the hospital.
Use hand washing station upon entry.
Washrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.
If you wish to remain in your car during the appointment, when you call to inform us of your arrival, we will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
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.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm* Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday: Closed
*On weekdays we will be closed for 1 hour in the afternoon in order to catch up on communications with our clients. This is a temporary measure. Thank you for your understanding.
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.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!