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.

Pet Summer Safety Guide


Fireworks & Thunderstorms

– Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it’s best to keep your pets safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home.

– Always make sure they have visible and up to date ID on their collar in case they go missing.

For many dogs and even cats, thunderstorms and fireworks can be a huge source of anxiety. Please discuss with your veterinarian ways to relieve this anxiety. 

Sun & Heat

– See our other blogs for more detailed information.

Parties & BBQ’s

– If your pet’s are joining the party, make sure guests don’t feed them human food (especially grapes, onions, avocado, and chocolate) and ensure alcoholic drinks are kept out of your pet’s reach. Keep charcoal, matches and lighter fluid away from your pets.

– Although they can be harmful, many dogs love corn cobs. Ensure they are not able to steal from tables or get into garbage cans/bags.

Toxic Chemicals

– Rodenticides, lawn and garden insecticides, citronella products, tiki torch products and glow sticks are all toxic to pets if ingested, so keep them out of reach.  Keep your pet away from areas where chemicals have been sprayed. Call our hospital at 204-269-8162 or after hours, call the Winnipeg Animal Emergency Clinic at 204-452-9427 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.


– Dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paws. Fans don’t cool off pets as effectively as they do people.

-Turn on the AC in your home, especially if you’ll be out of the house for several hours. If it’s too warm for you, it’s too warm for your pet.

Sun Protection

– Although fur helps provide protection, areas around your pet’s mouth, ears and belly remain susceptible to sunburn.  Human sunscreens contain ingredients that are dangerous to pets. Use sunscreens specifically made for animals to give your pet an extra shield from the sun. Apply a pet-safe sunscreen every 3-4 hours to the bridge of the nose, ear tips and any area where pigmentation is low.  A light t-shirt can help too. If your pet does get burned, apply a thin layer of pure aloe vera twice daily to soothe the irritated area. Check the brand with your veterinarian first, to ensure its pet safe). Pets need a break out of the sun every 30 minutes and always provide access to water.  Add ice cubes if you can. Always supervise your pets around ice cubes or other frozen treats.


– Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature.  Limit exercise to early morning or evening hours.

Dangerous Plants

– Many plants can be dangerous to dogs. Foxtails are a type of grass and have spiky seeds that can get lodged in a dog’s ear, nose, eye or skin and even become lodged in their throat. They often require removal by a veterinarian.  Check your pet thoroughly after being outdoors.

 Water Safety

Never leave pets unsupervised around pools.

– Not all dogs are good swimmers. Never assume your dog will enjoy the water and be able to stay afloat. Try a sample run in shallow water first. Don’t force your dog into the water. It could scare them and make them go running away from you.

– Dogs don’t understand the concept of resting or treading water, so they will get tired fast.  Don’t let your dog swim too far away from you.

– If you’re on a boat, your dog should also wear a life jacket. It will make it easier to spot and grab them if he/she jumps or falls in. Dogs are much heavier in the water when you’re trying to pull them back into your boat.

-Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.

Written by Diane Skillen



How to help injured and orphaned wild animals

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 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

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