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.

Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen Toxicity in Pets

We have people ask us on several occasions; my dog is a bit sore, can I give him/her some Tylenol or Advil? The answer is NO.

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Aspirin) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), and it is toxic to pets! Dogs and cats cannot metabolize it the same way that we can and will result in stomach ulcers. In turn, it will give your pet bloody diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, pale gums, abdominal pain and eventual kidney, or liver failure, and neurological disorders.

So then, people ask, can my pet have Tylenol then? Tylenol or acetaminophen is NOT an NSAID. Again, we do not recommend giving Tylenol to your pets as they don’t metabolize it in the same way as we do. It will result in damage to the liver cells, the kidneys, and other tissues throughout the body.

If you are worried about your pet being in discomfort, please talk to your veterinarian first. Many drugs that are made for human consumption are not for your pets’ consumption. There have been reported cases of veterinarians prescribing low doses of baby aspirin to dogs, but this is only under thorough investigation of the dog and its history, with bloodwork, and often is in the end stages of life. It is not typically recommended, as many other pain medications are much safer and more effective for your pets. Please never self-prescribe and always talk to your veterinarian first.

If your pet consumes ibuprofen or acetaminophen it is considered an emergency and you should bring your pet to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Treatment of these toxicities includes bloodwork to identify any liver and kidney damage. It is often followed by repeating the bloodwork a few days later, a few weeks later, and also sometimes a few months later. Treatments also include induction of vomiting, IV fluids, charcoal administration, stomach protectants, and careful monitoring.

If you have any questions about giving your pet any over the counter (OTC) products, please consult with your veterinarian first.

Written by: Michelle, Lead RVT

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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 policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 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. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours:

Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.

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 physical 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