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Covid-19 Update November 2020

We are once again operating under a locked lobby. Call us when you arrive for your appointment and pre-pay whenever possible, for food and medications. If someone is already in the lobby, please wait outside until they have left or call us for further instructions. Masks are mandatory. Stay safe everyone


Welcome Dr. Toni Moritz!

We, at Whyte Ridge Veterinary Hospital are excited to announce the addition of a new Doctor to our team! Dr. Moritz is taking new patients and she will be happy to see patients of all kinds, including exotics.


COVID 19 Precautions September 2020

  • As of Monday September 28th, masks will be mandatory when entering the clinic. This is in accordance with the new health regulations released for the province of Manitoba.

  • We still have a closed lobby in effect

  • We are still taking pets at the door and running the appointment while you wait in the vehicle

  • We still have increased spacing between all appointments to aid in proper cleaning and reduce congestion at reception.

  • We are now booking non-essential appointments


  • If you are feeling unwell with symptoms such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing or have recently traveled, or are in self-quarantine, please call so we can make alternate arrangements for having your pet examined. This may include dropping your pet off at the front door, or one of the staff picking up your pet from your car and discussing his/ her care over the phone.

  • If your pet needs food or medication, we would still encourage our clients to call ahead and pre-pay over the phone with a credit card to avoid wait times in the reception area.

COVID 19 Precautions

COVID 19 is presenting an unprecedented situation that will affect all of us. As a Veterinary Hospital, we have always taken disinfection and cleanliness very seriously. In light of COVID 19, we have implemented many strategies to help keep everyone safe and do our part to avoid the spread of the virus.

  • We have added extra disinfection protocols after every appointment.

  • We are increasing spacing between all appointments to aid in proper cleaning and reduce congestion at reception.

  • We are trying to limit non-urgent appointments throughout the day, to minimize having multiple clients in the clinic at the same time. If your pet’s appointment can wait, we would advise that you postpone your appointment. We will not be moving any appointments that are currently booked at this point in time.

  • If you are feeling unwell with symptoms such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing or have recently traveled, or are in self-quarantine, please call so we can make alternate arrangements for having your pet examined. This may include dropping your pet off at the front door, or one of the staff picking up your pet from your car and discussing his/ her care over the phone.

  • If your pet needs food or medication, we would encourage our clients to call ahead and pre-pay over the phone with a credit card to avoid wait times in the reception area.

There is currently no evidence to suggest that this virus is circulating in animals in Canada and no evidence that pets or other animals can spread the virus. Unfortunately there are still many unknowns about COVID-19.

Until we know more, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have a pet or other animal, the Government of Canada has advised:

  • avoid close contact with them

    • do not snuggle or kiss them, or let them lick you, sit on your lap, or sleep in your bed

  • practice good cough etiquette

    • avoid coughing and sneezing on your animals

  • have another member of your household care for your animals

    • if this is not possible, always wash your hands before touching or feeding them

  • limit your animal's contact with other people and animals

    • this may mean keeping them indoors

New information and recommendations are coming out daily on best practices to manage and slow the spread of COVID 19. Be sure to check back throughout this time, as we will be updating our website and Facebook page with any changes at the Whyte Ridge Veterinary Hospital.

In the event of closure, we will do our best to maintain phone and email communications during that time.

Thank you for your understanding,

Staff at Whyte Ridge Veterinary Hospital

Links

Government of Canada - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html

Spring is on its way!

This means that Ticks and mosquitoes are right behind. Did you know that you can start seeing ticks as soon as the temperature goes above +4 degrees?

Our clients may have noticed their first Heartworm season postcards in the mail, we send those out every spring as a reminder to book in for their dog's annual Heartworm Test and Heartworm/Tick Medication appointments. Feel free to call us anytime to book in!

If you have any questions about heartworm or ticks, be sure to check out the tab under Pet Care Info or feel free to call!

Dental Month was a success!

We offered a discount on dental services from January 15th until the end of February for our canine and feline patients and helped over 30 patients combat dental disease with a dental month cleaning!

Planning on adding a New Puppy or Kitten to the Family this December?

We will be offering a Free First Visit for Kittens or Puppies for the whole Month of December! New Clients are Always Welcome! Vaccines and deworming are not included.

Spay day 2019 was a success!

We were able to help fight overpopulation in Manitoba by offering a discounted spay or neuter to those in need. We are sad that we didn't get to help more people so we will actually be extending the offer to two more days this month!

We will be offering a discounted Spay or Neuter for qualifying dogs on Wednesday November 20th &

We will offer the same discount for qualifying cats on Wednesday November 27th. Call our clinic for details and how to book in.

We now have Facebook!

After many years, we are now on Facebook so make sure to like and share our page!

The First day of Spring is here! March 2019

As the weather starts to warm up, the ticks will soon be out. Ticks will become active as soon as temperatures reach 4 Degrees Celsius and above. This means your vet will be recommending you start your tick medications very soon and Heartworm medication will follow a few months later as soon as the mosquitos are out.

You can discuss all the available preventative choices with your veterinarian when you come in for your appointment. We offer three types of heartworm protection to choose from, Heartguard and Revolution, and the new Spectra as well as a Lyme vaccine, Heartworm/tick bourne disease testing, and other important knowledge to safeguard your pet and your family. We also offer Heartworm prevention for the cats who will be venturing outside for the summer. For more information about these spring health issues, you may refer to our page on heartworm and tick-borne diseases. If you're ready to book or have any questions, you can call us at 204-487-6090.

See you soon!

October 6th, 2016 - Join Us For Spay Day 2016

The Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association will be holding a province-wide spay and neuter day on November 2nd, 2016 in order to help curb overpopulation of cats and dogs and to benefit all our communities. Whyte Ridge Veterinary Hospital will be accepting patients as part of this event, with spays and neuters being performed on cats and dogs at a discounted rate of 40% off the total cost. This special discount will also apply to related services such as a pre-surgery physical and blood work!

Space is limited, so if you wish to participate please call the clinic in advance at 204-487-6090 to get more information and secure your appointment. New patients must all undergo a physical prior to the surgery date, which is also covered in the discount. If you wish to learn more, you can visit the MVMA's website here.

We can't wait to see you!

Spay Day 2016

October 29th, 2015 – We're Holding A Blood Donor Clinic!

Whyte Ridge Veterinary Hospital will be holding its second blood donor clinic for the Canadian Animal Blood Bank since our first one this past spring was such a resounding success. We are taking appointments on Thursday, November 12th between 4pm and 6pm. The blood bank has the following requirements for all donors:

    • 50lbs or more in weight

    • 1-8 years of age

    • Current vaccinations

    • An even temperament

Spots are already filling up! If you are interested in helping your dog to save a life, please call us or visit the clinic to make a short appointment that can make a big difference.

The summer months are in full swing! Time spent outdoors, trips to the lake, and exposure to those pesky insects. With that comes a variety of health and safety concerns to consider for your pet so that you can ensure everyone has a happy, healthy summer.

Ticks and mosquitoes can carry a few infectious agents. Tick season runs from March/April to November, with a higher intensity from April to July, and another bout from September to November. Unfortunately, ticks can and will transmit three diseases (Lyme, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis) to both people and animals. Mosquitoes are active from May/June until November and transmit Heartworm disease to both dogs and cats. The best way to deal with these diseases is by preventing your pets from getting them in the first place. Talk to your vet about the various solutions available to you.

Next, something that applies to all pets: car safety. While it's common knowledge that pets should never be left in hot cars, it still happens from time to time. Plan ahead if you need to run errands or travel with your pet for other reasons. Have somebody stay in the car with them with the air on, go places where you can take your pet inside with you, or simply leave them at home. Don't forget about seat belts or other methods of restraint during travel as well – letting your dog ride in the open back of a pickup truck is not good car safety!

Lastly, for those of us spending time outside and on the water it's important to note that swimming dogs must receive extra attention. Incidences of ear infections increase during the summer due to water getting trapped in our dogs' ears, especially if they are floppy. Drying your pup's ears well with a towel can go a long way to preventing infection, as can asking your vet what they specifically recommend for your unique needs. You must also watch out for heatstroke, which can occur easily, and check to make sure that your dog is a competent swimmer in the first place as drowning is a real risk.

Please note that Whyte Ridge Veterinary Hospital will be closing early at 6pm instead of 8pm on Friday, July 24th, and will resume regular hours the next day.

Have a great summer, from all of us at the clinic!