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.
Dogs have more than 100 million sensory receptor sites in their nasal cavity. In comparison, humans have 6 million sensory receptor sites in their nasal cavity. The canine brain has an area devoted to perceiving odours that is 40 times larger than that of the human brain.
It is estimated that dogs can smell between 1000 – 10,000 times better than people, which is why dogs can sniff out and detect illegal drugs, cancerous cells, and explosives so effectively.
Unlike humans, dogs have an additional olfactory tool call the Jacobsens organ that increases their ability to smell. This secondary olfactory system is specifically designed to recognize chemical changes.
Dogs communicate and navigate through life with the same amount of dependency on smell as humans do on vision. Since dogs move their nostrils independently, they can determine the direction that an odour is coming from, allowing them to use their nose as a compass.
Dogs use their sense of smell to identify many things. Some things on the list include – local territory, chemical emotions of people who are anxious or scared, pheromones of a selected mate, their birth mother, your birth mother and more!
If you have any questions, give us a call at 204.253.2668.
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.
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.
Last Updated: Monday, May 11, 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 can now see all cases by appointment only.
3. We are still 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
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.
Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
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