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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How to Safely Travel with Your Dog in Your Car

Driving with your dog loose in your vehicle can become a dangerous situation for you and your pet. Under the Manitoba Distracted Driving Act, a loose pet in the vehicle counts as distracted driving, and you could be fined accordingly. Not to mention, if your dog happens to distract you and you get into an accident, it could result in severe injury to your companion and you.

However, there are options to keep your dog and you safe. You could keep your dog in a safety-rated crate if your vehicle is big enough or turn your back seat into a kennel by attaching a wall behind the front seats. There are harnesses and booster seats available designed to keep your dog safe and secure. It is also a good idea to turn off power windows as they can be accidentally rolled down.

When travelling with your dog in the car, you should always ensure you are well-rested. If you’re on a long trip, you should pull over every couple of hours and let them stretch their legs a bit. You should also bring a bowl and some water, so they don’t get too thirsty, especially if it is hot outside. If you keep all these measures in mind, you and your dog will never have an issue travelling together.

Written by Mathew Tempel

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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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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