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.

What you need to know about catnip

Catnip is a multifunctional herb found in the same family as mint. Some people grow catnip in their garden along with other kitchen herbs such as thyme and sage, while others will brew it to make tea. Catnip is also commonly known to make your cats go crazy and be full of joy!

Many cat owners enjoy seeing their cats feel the effects of catnip but don’t know what the herb actually does. The main ingredient in catnip is nepetalactone, which causes behavioural changes in cats. 70% of cats exposed to catnip will feel its effects. It is found that young kittens and senior cats will not show much response to being exposed to catnip. The herb can be found dried in varieties of cat toys. For the cats that do react to catnip, the responses can include rolling, rubbing, drooling, licking, jumping and sedation. Cats will usually feel the effects of catnip for around ten minutes, and then it will wear off. After the effects wear off cats will need to wait around two hours before being able to feel the effects of catnip again.

While it is entertaining to watch cats feel the effects of catnip, it is also very useful when it comes to training. It can be rubbed on scratching posts to encouraging the scratching of the post (and not your furniture) or rubbed on a cat bed to attract your cats to that specific sleeping spot. Catnip can also encourage playful aggression in cats. If your cat already experiences aggression, it is recommended not to give your cats catnip.

A common question many cat owners have is “is catnip safe for my cat”? Catnip is both safe and non-addictive to your cats. While excessive consumption of catnip can lead to diarrhea and vomiting, those symptoms will pass. Catnip is otherwise safe and lets you cats have a fun time full of euphoria!


Kelsie Keith, ACA




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