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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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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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.

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
Sunday: Closed

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