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Hippity-Hop Easter is on Its Way

Easter is one of the most exciting holidays, it is full of chocolate and the anticipation of Spring. With Easter comes some gifts that are not always good with our furry friends at home.

As lovely as gifts are, there are some gifts we should keep out of reach from our furry friends.

  1. Easter Lily Plant

    easter flower and eggsA nice gift often given by visiting friends and family is an Easter Lily plant. Did you know that ingestion of Easter Lilies (Lilium longiflorum) and Tiger Lilies (Lilium trigrinum) can cause kidney failure and then death if untreated in cats? They are not a concern for dogs luckily. Treatment is most successful if done immediately but if done within the first 18 hours after ingestion we have some success. After this time period kidney failure is inevitable.

  2. Chocolate

    chocolateThe other concern that we all seem to know about is Chocolate Toxicosis. It takes a large amount of milk chocolate to make a dog sick and even more to cause a life-threatening illness. In a 20 pound dog it would take approximately 1 pound of milk chocolate to be a potential concern.Unsweetened baker’s chocolate has the highest level of theobromine, the toxic agent. If ever in doubt call us or go to the Animal Poison Control Center’s website.

    In the past I have seen a dog who swallowed an entire plastic Easter Egg which had to be surgically removed and a cat who ate fake plastic grass who vomited profusely and became anorexic as a result.

    The possibilities are endless so when decorating for each season think about the hazards before placing things within reach.

    If ever in doubt don’t hesitate to call us first.

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What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually. Overview A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system. 

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Last updated: June 26, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday & 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 Hillcrest Animal Hospital