COVID-19 protocols and practice updates

Not quite back to normal, but we’re getting there As you may have heard, the Ontario government has announced their plans for reopening businesses and services in the province. As of this week, veterinarians may resume ‘normal’ operations. We were very happy to hear this, because we know that so many of our clients have been putting off ‘routine’ visits and checkups for weeks now. And we’re looking forward to seeing you! However, while formal restrictions have been lifted, the coronavirus and COVID-19 haven’t gone away, and social distancing is still considered best practice when it comes to preventing transmission. With that in mind, we wanted to let you know that: We will be returning to our normal hours, Monday-Friday We will continue to be closed on Saturdays for the foreseeable future We can now accept appointments for non-emergency treatments, such as annual checkups and vaccinations Given the backlog of…

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Enjoy your long weekend!

Be honest: You’re taking Friday off too, right? Whether you’re an essential worker, have been working from home, or have been furloughed, the past couple of months haven’t been easy. Sure, you may be able to wear pyjamas around the house more than usual, but that doesn’t mean you’re really ‘relaxing’. So we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a peaceful, relaxing, and enjoyable long weekend – you deserve it! Holiday weekend hours Friday 15 May – 8am-6pm Saturday 16 May – closed Sunday 17 May – closed Monday 18 May – closed Tuesday 19 May – open at 8am and back to regular hours In the event of an emergency If you need a veterinarian outside of normal hours, please go to one of the following emergency clinics: Emergency Hospital of West Toronto 150 Norseman Street 416.239.3453 Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic 1051 Eglinton Avenue West 416.784.4444…

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COVID-19, social distancing, and your pets

  Caring for pets during a pandemic If you live in Toronto – or in almost any part of North America right now – you’re probably already taking steps to avoid transmitting or catching the COVID-19 coronavirus. You may already be working from home, or ensuring you’re keeping a safe distance from others, avoiding crowded areas – and washing your hands with soap and water a lot. But what about your pets? Coronavirus is not transmitted between humans and pets. So far, there is no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted from humans to pets. Researchers have found one dog in Hong Kong who appeared to have COVID-19 cells, but it’s unclear what this means. Right now, it’s reasonably safe to assume that you and your dog or cat can’t pass the virus back and forth, but healthcare professionals are advising that until they know more, you should probably avoid letting…

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Howloween 2019: Get it on!

The perfect excuse to put your pet in a costume We’re excited to announce the third annual Howl-o-ween costume contest. Dress up your dog or cat in their Halloween costume, take a picture and then post it on Instagram or Twitter using #LVAHhowloween or on our Facebook page before October 31. We’ll choose 4 winners: #1 dog, #1 cat, #2 overall and #3 overall. Winners will be announced the first week in November. Prizes will be our usual much-coveted prize packs! (Plus bragging rights, of course.) What’s Olive’s favourite costume this year? Her full-body alligator, of course!

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Thanksgiving weekend holiday hours

Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you eat turkey or turnips, spend the day with family or friends, or look forward to dinner or the post-dinner nap, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving weekend. (And remember: While we’d never tell you not to give your pet a few extra turkey treats this weekend, please don’t give them any turkey or other meat bones. Bones can splinter when chewed, causing serious internal damage as they move through your pet’s system.) Holiday weekend hours Friday 11 October – 8am-6pm Saturday 12 October – closed Sunday 13 October – closed Monday 14 October – closed Tuesday 15 October – open at 8am and back to regular hours In the event of an emergency If you need a veterinarian outside of normal hours, please go to one of the following emergency clinics: Emergency Hospital of West Toronto 150 Norseman Street 416.239.3453 Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic…

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October is RVT Month!

  Why we’re celebrating RVTs (all year round) You may already know that when you visit your veterinarian, there’s a whole team of people who help look after your pet, from ensuring your pet is comfortable after a surgery, to pedicures, to providing advice on pet care and exercise. Some of these people are Registered Veterinary Technologists/Technicians (RVTs) who work alongside veterinarians to provide patients with the highest quality of care to animals. RVTs are formally-educated professionals who meet rigorous standards of education and experience, including: Anesthesia Radiology Laboratory work Pharmacy technology Continuing education requirements Here at Liberty Village Animal Hospital, we rely on our vet tech, Jessica, to assist in surgical procedures and anesthesia, as well as radiography, prescribed treatment and nursing, and client education. RVTs are an essential part of any great veterinary clinic or animal hospital – thanks for all you do!  

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Enter your pet in the #LVAHPets contest!

For the best-looking pets in town We’re doing a little redecorating around the office here at LVAH, and we realized: There’s no better ‘art’ for our walls than photographs of some of our favourite patients! Post your pic before September 30th If you’re a Liberty Village Animal Hospital client, post your best pet photo to Instagram (tag it with #LVAHpets) or to our Facebook page before September 30th, 2019. The top photos will win a prize pack and be featured on our treatment room walls. You know your pet is the best-looking in town – now everyone else will know it, too!  

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Labour Day Weekend office hours

Don’t think of it as summer being over. Think of it as a long weekend. We hope you have a great Labour Day weekend, whether you’re getting a last weekend at the cottage or getting ready for the back-to-school rush next week. Holiday weekend hours Friday 30 August – 8am-6pm Saturday 31 August – closed Sunday 1 September – closed Monday 2 September – closed Tuesday 3 September – open at 8am and back to regular hours In the event of an emergency If you need a veterinarian outside of normal hours, please go to one of the following emergency clinics: Emergency Hospital of West Toronto 150 Norseman Street 416.239.3453 Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic 1051 Eglinton Avenue West 416.784.4444 Animal Health Partners 1 Scarsdale Rd. North York 416-380-7400

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New warnings about the risks of grain-free diets for pets (especially dogs)

You may feel great when you stop eating grains. Your pet has different needs. In the past 10 years, the dog food marketplace has changed dramatically: According to the New York Times, almost half the dog food options on the shelf are grain-free. And many grain-free pet foods position themselves as being ‘healthier’, ‘more natural’, ‘higher in protein’ – making pet parents think they’re really doing their best for their animals when they switch them to these foods. However, last week, the FDA (the US Food & Drug Administration) issued an update on their investigation into grain-free pet foods, and the news continues to be the same: Grain-free diets are increasingly linked to dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM. In dogs, DCM is a disease of the heart muscle, which leads to congestive heart failure. As this article in The Atlantic notes, the FDA’s studies are still preliminary, and their sample size is…

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