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Animal Services Agency

The Animal Services Agency Mandate:
“To promote, protect and safeguard the health of the community by establishing and maintaining an urban environment which permits the City’s human and animal populations to co-exist free of conditions which adversely affect the health, safety and enjoyment of the community. The Animal Services Agency is responsible for the enforcement of animal care and control by-laws to minimize risk in the communities served.”

Quick links to common topics:

City of Winnipeg Animal Bylaws

Owning a cat and dog is rewarding. Do you also know there are rules and regulations concerning your pet? This is also known as “The Responsible Pet Ownership By-Law.” By-Law NO. 92/2013 is a By-law of The City of Winnipeg to “regulate the presence of wild and domesticated animals within the City, their activities and the activities of their owners.” Impress your friends and people at parties (and avoid fines), by knowing the law.

Sections 19 and 20 of this By-law come into force on January 1, 2015.

Dog Parks

Winnipeg has a lot of dog parks, each with its own layout, rules and maps.

In Memoriam

Our pets bring joy and companionship into our lives. When we lose a pet, we lose a family member. Here we honour our departed companions. If you would like to share a photo and memory, please email us.

Learning Links

Get me Home

Pets vaccinated at our clinic can be registered online with this program that helps reunite you with your pet if they should go missing. To be able to register, you will need the Rabies tag provided to you at the time of your pet’s Rabies vaccination.

Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association

The Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association is the professional organization of the province’s veterinarians. We are an independent, non-profit entity that is dedicated to the excellence of the veterinary profession.

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

– The CVMA is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine.

World Small Animal Veterinary Association

– The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is an association of associations, whose membership is made up of veterinary organizations from all over the world, which are concerned with companion animals. Currently, there are 96 member and affiliate associations, representing over 158,000 individual veterinarians from around the globe. Their mission statement – “To advance the health and welfare of companion animals worldwide through an educated, committed and collaborative global community of veterinary peers.”

Veterinarians Without Borders

– Their mission is to work for, and with communities (domestically and internationally) in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us. That is what they call an ecosystem approach to health. Ecohealth: one health for everyone, everywhere.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Do you have questions about animal health, medications, therapies, surgery, behaviour, or safety? Veterinary Partner provides reliable, up-to-date animal health information from the veterinarians and experts of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), the world’s first and largest online veterinary database and community.

For information on Cat and Dog Health and Accident Insurance Programs,
visit Pet Secure Insurance and 24PetWatch.

The Indoor Pet Initiative

– This website is supported by The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. It uses the most up-to-date science to educate both veterinarians and pet owners, with a specific focus on creating an optimal environment for your pet to thrive.

Winn Feline Foundation

– The Winn Feline Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports research into improving the lives of cats. It has a wealth of information on cat health on its site, some of which is based on research its grants have supported.

Pets & Parasites: Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC)

– A Canadian perspective – Worms and Germs – This University of Guelph blog is put together by Drs. Scott Weese and Maureen Anderson of the Ontario Veterinary College’s Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. It focuses on infectious diseases in pets, with a large emphasis on zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be passed to humans from other species).

ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Poison Control Centre

– Is this plant toxic? What people foods should I avoid feeding my pet? I think my pet has a fever, should I give it Aspirin? These are some of the questions that can be answered. It also has a Pet Loss Center, Pet Food Recall news feed and many more resources; it’s good information from an organization out to do good in the world.

Shedding light on behaviour – Dr. Sophia Yin was a world-renowned pioneer in the field of veterinary behaviour and at the forefront of a humane approach to handling and training animals that emphasizes force free positive reinforcement to reduce their fears and anxieties. Sadly, the world lost this bright light in 2014.

Partners in Animal Health

– The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University holds a leadership position in academic veterinary medicine.

Cat Info

– a website created by Dr. Lisa Pierson D.V.M., provides an interesting overview of cat nutrition and needs from her perspective.

Association for Pet Obesity Prevention

– The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has launched campaigns to fight pet obesity within the veterinary medical community, veterinary schools, and state and local veterinary organizations, and has reached out to various media outlets. They are made up of dedicated veterinarians and veterinary healthcare personnel who are committed to making the lives of dogs, cats, all other animals and people healthier and more vital. APOP was founded in 2005 by veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, a competitive Ironman triathlete, certified personal trainer and accredited USA Triathlon coach. A key component of APOP’s mission is to develop and promote parallel weight loss programs designed to help pet owners lose weight alongside their pets

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Why Does My Dog Walk Around in Circles Before They Lay Down?

Circling around before lying down is likely a residual instinct from when their ancestors lived out in the wilderness. Your dog’s ancestors would have paced in circles to flatten down and warm their sleeping area.

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Last updated: October 21, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to high numbers of COVID-19 and recent changes to restrictions, we will be returning to a full closed door policy effective Monday October 26th.

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

a) With the exception of euthanasia, clients will no longer be able to accompany their pets into the hospital for their appointment. Appointments will be conducted over the phone.

b) Parking stall signs will be placed in front of each parking stall giving direction on how to proceed once you arrive.  When arriving for an appointment we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call us at 204-253-2668 to check in, we will provide further information on next steps.

c) When picking up food or medication please TEXT your last name, pets name and stall# to 431-400-7822.  This information will be on the parking stall signage.

d) In order to further decrease traffic we encourage you to purchase your pet food and non-prescription supplies online using our online store (direct access to the online store is also available on our website).  Your purchase will be shipped directly to your home.  Orders over $100 ship for free!

e) Prescriptions and in clinic purchases of food and supplies must be pre-ordered.

f) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & E-Transfer).

g) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital