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Dogs and Bird Seed

We all like to see the birds in the yard, and many of us have set up feeders in the yard to watch them and offer up good things to eat. One thing though that we should be aware of is that the food is for the birds and not good for our dogs.

Dogs often too much of it at one time, potentially causing an upset stomach or even an obstruction. Too much is irritating and very space filling in the intestinal tract. When things potential block the guts, then we also worry about bloat (twisted intestines or stomach), which is a very serious concern needing immediate veterinary care.

Seeds are tougher to digest, especially in copious quantities and if they are mixed with any suet, could again be an issue, due to all the fat the body will be trying to digest. Wet or old seeds can easily harbour mold, another source of possible gut irritation.

Where there are birds eating seed, there are likely to be bird droppings as well. We don’t want the dogs to be eating these, as they may contain any number of bacteria and parasites that could be passed on to dogs. The most common being salmonella, these can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.

The best way to avoid this is to keep your dog away from the feeders and that area and remember, it is just “for the birds.”

Written by Manitou Animal Hospital

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Dear Clients,

As Ontario continues its reopening, we are excited to see our community get closer to a sense of normalcy. We applaud the significant effort and sacrifices you and your family have made to help us get this far.

WE ARE HAPPY TO BE NOW SEEING ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AND UNDER A CLOSED WAITING ROOM CURBSIDE SERVICE MODEL.

At Manitou Animal Hospital our primary goal is to care for your beloved pets. By extension, this means keeping you as a pet parent healthy as well. Many of you have already recently visited the hospital and have personally experienced the additional safety procedures we have put in place to ensure the well-being of you and your pets using our “closed waiting room” policy.

Our "closed waiting room" policy:

  1. When you arrive in the parking lot, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns.
  2. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination.
    We ask that you remain in the parking lot and keep your phone turned on.
  3. The Veterinarian will call you once the physical exam is complete to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
  4. We encourage credit card over the phone as the preferred payment method. We can also accept e-transfer.
  5. A staff member will bring your pet and any medications back outside to you.

During the coming months and as long as COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community we at Manitou will continue to offer our services using these enhanced safety procedures, including the curbside and closed waiting room service model. For the health and safety of everyone, we will not be able to have you accompany your pet(s) into the clinic for procedures at this time. We unfortunately would just not be able to meet proper physical distancing requirements and ensure your safety and our team's.

We typically have a significant number of clients [100+] visit our clinic daily whether it be for medication, food or for a visit with the veterinarian or vet technician. Space in the front room and the exam rooms is very small, a well documented factor for increased risk of COVID transmission. If everyone were to come inside our clinic, even with masks on, it would significantly increase the risk of COVID exposure to each client entering the clinic as well as our staff. We are simply not willing to risk the health of you, your family and our staff. We know that with continued effort we will get through this together. We sincerely appreciate your patience and help in working with us during these challenging times.

Until then, we promise to give each and every one of your pets the very best care and a ton of hugs and kisses when they are in for a visit. We always treat them as if they were one of our own and look forward to seeing them!

Sincerely,

Your dedicated care team at Manitou Animal Hospital


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