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.

Can My Dog Swim?

Can my dog SWIM?

Summer is here, and so is the hot weather. This means more time outside and in the water. Swimming and water play can be a great exercise for your dog. If caution isn’t taken, this fun activity can potentially turn tragic. Not all breeds are instinctive swimmers, so make sure you properly teach your dog how to swim before taking them to open water.

Protect your dog against drowning:

  • Know your dog; some dogs aren’t built for swimming and will likely be better off on dry land.
  • Never throw a dog into a body of water.
  • Never leave a dog unattended around water. Be sure to fence in your pool if you have one.
  • If you have a pool, show your dog how to get out using the steps. The two of you should practice exiting the pool together until your dog understands where the exits are and how to get out if they accidentally fall in.
  • Swimming is tiring, and a pooped dog is more susceptible to drowning. It’s up to YOU to get your dog out of the water for periods of rest.
  • Invest in a doggie life jacket.
  • Rinse off your dog after swimming to get rid of chlorine and salt water, which can dry their skin.
  • Ensure the ear canals are dry. Moisture in the ears can lead to infections.
  • Always keep a dish of fresh water available at all times!

If you have any concerns about your pet swimming, please contact us at 204-269-8162.

Written by Diane, Practice Manager

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Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife.  First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal. 

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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 waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Thursday 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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. 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. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

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 Centennial Animal Hospital