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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. By going in circles, they effectively would have carved a nice cozy nest, just big enough for themselves, out of dirt, grass, snow, or whatever the area had to offer.

Lots of dogs will also dig at their bed area. With durable building materials, like those used in your house or furniture, all they accomplish is scratching up your hardwood or warring holes into your cushions. However, back in the wilderness, they would have dug a shallow hole to shelter themselves from the elements. A shallow hole could have kept them warm and cozy in the winter, cool and comfortable in the summer and perhaps even make them harder to detect.

You only need to be worried about their pacing and scratching if it’s wrecking your furniture or if it’s excessive. If your dog is pacing excessively, it could be a sign of pain and discomfort. If your dog is in pain or they are uncomfortable, they could have an underlying injury or arthritis. As your dog gets older, they start to experience more joint pain as well and other random pains associated with old age.

If you feel your pet may be in pain or discomfort, it is best to bring them in to see your veterinarian and discuss options to increase their quality of life. Should you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 204.253.2668.

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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.

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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