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.

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A Guide to Nail Trimming

To trim or not to trim.. a guide to the importance of a well-trimmed nail.

It is quite easy to lose track of how long our pet’s nails can grow, but we can also lose sight of how long nails for long periods can affect their overall well-being in the long run. It becomes even more evident with a senior dog who potentially already has some mobility concerns like arthritis.

Over the summer months, nails will often keep themselves fairly worn by regular walking and playing on hard outside surfaces, but during the winter months, we must do more trimming to keep them short and safe.

When you look at your dog standing, are their nails touching the floor? Chances are they are too long. When in standing directly over the pads of their feet, nails should ideally not be touching the ground. As soon as nails are long enough to be touching the ground, they are now affecting how your pet distributes their weight when moving around, and can put undue stress on their joints over time. Long nails are also extremely susceptible to getting caught on things or breaking.

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Nails too long? Is it hopeless? Not at all! With regular trimming, it is possible to tame those nails back to a more manageable length. We understand how daunting it can be, especially if you’re dealing with those wacky black nails! The best advice we can give you is to take your time. If you have to space out the trimmings to one paw a day, so be it. Or if it is just too much, schedule a nail trim at your veterinary hospital or groomer to put your mind, and your pet’s paws, at ease.

Written by Roberta Ronald



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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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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 Thursday, March 19, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 204.253.2668. We will take a history over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the exam is complete, we will give you a call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and then return to your vehicle. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way! Note: the door will be locked. Please distance away from the entrance and a member of our team will greet you.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 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 and take payment over the phone.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 St. Vital Veterinary Hospital