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.



Every business knows that they must do the dreaded inventory. Whether it be quarterly, or annually, it must be done. It is time-consuming and often must be done at a not so pleasant time, such as the Saturday of a long weekend, but we know we need to do it. It is important for companies to know how much inventory they have and ultimately the worth of said inventory, but it can have a few other unforeseen benefits as well.

It is time for great team bonding! As we all grudgingly volunteer or are “voluntold” to give a hand we work together. It can be fun. You work as a pair to find and note the number of each of the products.

You also hear some key statements on inventory day:

“So, this is where we keep it” – it helps staff learn where the placement of products in the clinic.

“We have this?” – staff learns what different products we carry and can be offered to clients

“What is this?” – Many staff member picks up a product and wonders what it is. It is a great time for others to learn about new products.

“Did you know this is expired” – awesome time to make sure that products are being routinely removed if expired.

We also have a good time pronouncing product. Many of the medications are a bit troublesome to pronounce, and this is a great time offering up alternative ways to say it!

I can’t assume that each clinic is the same, but we try to do our best to make a bit more of an event, and it is great to see so many of the staff involved in doing all they can to get it done in a timely and unique way.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 519.893.1360.

Written by: Lisa Clifford, RVT



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our team and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

The following changes have taken effective Monday, March 30:

• Currently, we are operating a “closed waiting room” clinic to protect our clients and staff. We ask you to stay in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call our front desk at 519-893-1360 once you have arrived. For scheduled appointments we will take a history over the phone or we ask that you email us any concerns prior to the appointment. A technician will meet you outside the doors to bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call to discuss our recommended treatment plan and take payment over the phone. A technician will then meet you outside the door to hand off any take home medications and return your pet.

We are reducing our operating hours to Monday to Friday 9am-6pm. We will be closed on Saturday until further notice. We are running with limited staff in order to be able to continue to be open, so please be patience.

• Like many veterinary hospitals right now, we will only be taking care of urgent or sick pet cases, therefore, we are rescheduling annual physical/vaccines appointments for at least the next 4 weeks.

• If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with issues at their ends and are attempting to provide orders as soon as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order - our staff will meet you outside the door with your items. We are asking that all food and medications are pre-paid at the time of ordering it. If your food is not prepaid, we unfortunately cannot hold it for you for longer than 1 day at this time. If you are paying Debit we will be allowing one client at a time to enter the clinic to pay. We have stopped taking cash payments for the time being.

We do have an online store available for purchasing food 24/7. Go to our website manitouanimalhospital.com and click “online store” to sign up.

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 human medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs and have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience in these matters. Please stay healthy and 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.

Thank you,

The Manitou Animal Hospital Team