What to Do if Your Pet Has Fleas or Ticks

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Mon, May 21, 2018 @ 01:47 PM

joseph-pearson-378031-unsplashFew things are worse than fleas and ticks! Not only can they make your furry friend miserable, but they can also become a health risk too! So what should you do if you find out they have fleas or ticks? Chances are your first reaction might be to freak out, but as with most other problems in life, this too has a resolution to it!


First and foremost, make sure that its actual fleas that your pet is having issues with. For example, if your pet is itching his ears it could be a sign of mites - or an ear infection. If they are, however, licking other parts of their body this could be a food allergy or another irritation. Fleas are usually pretty easy to see but even the evidence of flea dirt will be a sign that you will want to look out for on your furry friends.

Secondly, after you've established your furry friend has fleas you will want to delouse your pet and take them to the vets. The veterinarian will be able to provide suggestions and recommendations on products you can use, not only for your pet but to safeguard your home. Fleas are already a pain as is, but because fleas can tapeworms its a good idea to get them checked out by a local vet!

Lastly, you will want to clean your home. If you have a smaller infestation it is easier to "clean up" yourself but if you have a major infestation you might need to call in a flea removal company to help rid you of any fleas. Fleas can easily hide in furniture and between carpet fibers so it's better to make sure they are completely gone! Vacuum well, especially edges, seams etc and empty the bag immediately and a premise spray.


Ticks are a little scarier because they pose an obvious health risk. Not only can ticks transmit Lyme disease to your pets, but to humans as well. Ticks can also cause blood loss, skin irritation and anemia.

Ticks are more active in the spring through fall and they tend to live in grassy areas, brush, and bushes. They attach themselves when your pet wonders through these areas. They can however survive in temperatures anywhere from 4 C and above so be on the lookout year round.


Why A Vet Is Important

Not only will a vet remove the tick the right way, but they will also give you tips on how to protect your pet in the future. They also may need to give your dog antibiotics if the tick has caused any damage and they can offer treatments to help keep ticks off of your pet.

Ticks tend to be easier to see than fleas but they are also harder to get rid of. Not only can ticks spread disease while on your pet, but if you try to remove the tick and do so improperly, the body or blood left behind by the tick can cause even more problems!

One of the best ways to keep fleas and ticks away is to prevent infestations from even starting. You should have your pet on flea and tick control throughout the year. These treatments will protect you and your pet from fleas and ticks! Early detection is incredibly important which is why it's important to pay attention to your animal’s signs that something might be going on. Look for excessive itching, biting or nibbling of the paws, ears, and skin.

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How to Recognize when Your Pet Is in Pain

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Sat, May 19, 2018 @ 01:46 PM

laula-the-toller-549215-unsplashOur pets feel pain just like we do, but they might act slightly different depending on what is going on with them! If you're wondering about some of the signs of pain in your pet, these are some symptoms you should look out for.

Mobility Issues

When a pet is in pain, be it a dog, cat or even a bunny, they will may have some sort of a mobility issue. These issues include:

- Limping or skipping around

- Moving or playing less than usual

- Lots of sleeping or not wanting to get up and move

- Hesitance to play, or not wishing to go up or downstairs

- Changes in posture - if you see that their rear is closer to the floor, they are holding themselves differently or they have an arched back

Changes In Eating

If your pet has a normal eating habit and then suddenly they seem to be eating less, food keeps dropping out of their mouths, they drool more than usual, etc. these could all be signs of mouth pain. Perhaps they have a laceration in their mouth, tooth decay or even missing or broken teeth - all of these are common, especially in older dogs.

Often when a pet is in pain, like with humans, they won't want to eat in the same way or at the same frequency that they used to.

Agitation and Restlessness

Like with humans, if a pet is in pain you might see restlessness or agitation in their behavior and attitude. This includes changing positions often, pacing from or laying down and getting up frequently.

Changes In Vocalizations

A lot of the time your pet will tell you if they are in pain. Listen/watch out for:

- Whimpering

- Whining

- Unusual Growling

- Or even no sounds at all. If you have a pet that is talkative and suddenly he or she stops making any noises, this could also be a sign that they are in pain.

Avoidance Behaviors

Pets will also sometimes hide away or shy away from certain normal activities. For example, if your pet likes to be rubbed under the chin or on their side and suddenly out of the blue he or she doesn't want to be touched there, or they move their head or body away from your hand, this could be a sign they are in pain.

Take notes on exactly what avoidance behaviors they are showing and make sure you mention it to your vet so they can look in those specific places and look for injuries!

Bathroom Habits

Another way to tell if a pet is in pain is their bathroom habits. For example, if you have a male dog that has always lifted his leg to urinate and suddenly he's not or he wobbles while doing so, this could be a sign he is in pain.

Also, pay attention to how often they need to go to the bathroom.

Excessive Grooming Habits

Often a pet will lick their paws when they are looking for a way to soothe themselves. But, also pets, especially dogs, have an instinctual habit to clean an area that is wounded or painful by licking it. If you find your pet licking themselves more than usual or in a specific spot take a look (if they let you!) and see if you can see any obvious signs of injury.

No matter what type of behaviours you see your pets having, if you have any inkling that they might have an injury or might be in pain, it's a good idea to make an appointment with your local vet and have them checked out.

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End of life decision making

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 @ 11:39 AM

pets_wide-af65d25cd6980441331f3eae6f52334d1aa7d74f.jpgPets quickly become a cherished member of the family and it can be hard to imagine life without them. However, part of life is aging and pets generally have much shorter lives than their owners. When the time comes to make a decision for your pet, it's never going to be easy. But you can move forward with peace of mind that you did the right thing if you follow certain signs and do the right amount of research. The day will be hard, but in the end, euthanizing your pet can be what's best for everyone involved. When considering whether euthanasia is the right direction for your family and your pet, think of the items in their life like a pyramid and use these tips to help you make the agonizing decision.

Emotional Aspects

The emotional involvement of your pet is at the top of the pyramid. It will help make a small portion of the decision. Ask yourself if your pet still has their dignity. Can they go to the bathroom on their own and eat alone or do they need help with some of the most basic items? Do they seem lax in their will to live or are they still looking for attention and acting like themselves? These emotional items will tell you a little more about what your pet might want if they could talk to you.

Social Elements

You know what your pet is like when they are healthy. How they act socially will tell you a lot about the direction you should take. Does your pet still engage with your family and play? Do they want to have pets and cuddles like they used to? Are they engaged with the other pets in your house if you have them? Pets who show some social engagement are healthier and in a better place than those who don't. If your pet is pulling back in a social way, they may be nearing the end of their time with you.

Pain Management

The bottom part of the pyramid is the largest portion and a big deciding factor as to what you need to do with your pet. You want your pet to be happy and healthy, but when they're not, you want to ensure that they aren't in any pain, if at all possible. Take a look at their mobility and hygiene. Are they able to keep clean like they used to and get around as needed? Are they safe or are they stumbling and stairs becoming a danger to them? Sometimes you can tell a pet is in pain because of the way they act and other times, they suffer silently. The best thing you can do when it comes to pain is consult with your vet. They are experts in the field and can tell you what your pet may be experiencing. The last thing you want is for your pet to suffer and if it is evident they are and there's no end in sight, you will know what to do.

Every pet is an individual and an important member of your family. No two pets are alike and there is no one right answer when it comes to the end of their life. If you are able to take a look at the emotional, social, and physical pyramid and fill in the gaps, you will better be able to come up with an answer that will give you peace of mind about the direction you take with your pet.

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Bloat -- what you need to know

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 @ 11:31 AM

dog-owners.jpgWhen you buy a dog, it's a life-long commitment. You have to make sure they are fed properly, taken to the veterinarian many times during their lives, make sure they get walked, etc.

One of the topics we are going to discuss today is bloat or Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). This is an extremely serious situation and should be considered life-threatening. There are no natural or home remedies for bloat so if your dog is having symptoms related to this disease - which we will be going through below, you need to see your Veterinarian ASAP.

Dogs with bloat can die within several hours so time is of the essence. Even when a dog gets treatment there is still a chance that they may not survive.

With bloat, for a number of different reasons, your dog's stomach can fill up with air and put extra pressure on the other organs in the dog's body. It can also cause the stomach to rotate onto itself and pinch off the blood supply. Once this happens the blood supply is cut off and the stomach begins to die.

The pressure makes it difficult for the dog to breath and it can also compress larger veins in the abdomen which can prevent blood from returning to the heart.

Breeds That GDV Is More Common In

As with a lot of other health issues and diseases, GDV is more common in some breeds than it is in others.

Great Danes have a 4.1 risk ratio
German Shepherds have a 4.1
Golden Retrievers have a 1.2
Mini Poodles have a 0.3

GDV tends to be much more common in larger dogs than smaller dogs, hence the numbers above.

It's a good idea to not only talk to your veterinarian about GDV but also talk to them about your specific breed.

Dogs also over the age of 7, who are male, who are fed less than 1 times a day are also more at risk to get GDV than dogs who are not.

Signs Of Bloat In Dogs

Some of the symptoms you'll want to look for in your dog include:

- Swollen or Protruding Belly
- Non-Productive Vomiting
- Retching
- Abdominal Pain
- Rapid Shallow Breathing

Prevention Of Bloat In Dogs

While getting care for your dog after the fact can keep GDV from coming back later on in the dog's life, most vets agree that having a surgery called gastropexy, while they are young, is the best way to keep dog bloat away entirely. A gastropexy can be done on both male and female dogs and it can be done at the same time as they are being spayed or neutered.

In gastropexy, the dog's stomach will be sutured and attached to the abdominal wall or the diaphragm and this is what will keep the dog's stomach from flipping over on itself.

For most dog lovers and owners, that stat alone is worth getting the gastropexy.

Other Preventative Measures:

- Owners should be aware that they have a dog breed who is more susceptible to GDV.

- Dogs who are more susceptible should be fed 2-3 times a day, rather than 1 time a day.

- Water should always be available, however, it should be limited after the dog is done eating.

- While exercise is great for any dog, dogs that have a higher chance of getting GDV should not exercise vigorously, be too excited or stressed out 1-2 hours before and 1-2 hours after a meal.

According to studies, dogs that have the gastropexy have a small 4.3% chance of getting GDV in the future versus the 54.5% who can get it in the future who have NOT gotten gastropexy.

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Common Anal Gland Issues

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Fri, Mar 09, 2018 @ 11:28 AM

3038662-poster-p-1-the-most-statistically-sound-dogs-charted.jpgWhen you own an animal, few topics raise eyebrows as much as the term anal glands, but actually, this is a very important topic!

Anal glands are small pouches that are located between an animals internal and external sphincter muscles. These glands empty through narrow and short ducts inside the anus of the animal. These sacs are lined with modified sebaceous oil and sweat glands - the substance that is secreted from the area can be an oily almost brownish fluid that has a pretty strong odor to it.

Usually when an animal defecates the liquid inside the sac will be expelled, but if this process does not happen on a daily or weekly basis, the material inside will thicken and make it harder for the animal to pass it. If this situation keeps happening over time, the anal gland can become impacted, inflamed, or even infected. If it becomes bad enough, it can even cause a rupture through the skin via an abscess.

While some Veterinarian say that the reason for anal glands is to help create a territorial marker, others state that the anal sac oils actually help lubricate hard stool, which makes passage easier and more comfortable for the animal.

While this problem is less common in cats, it still is an issue. In dogs this issue becomes even more prevalent - around 12% of dogs will face the issue with their anal glands at least one time in their life.

Dogs who are overweight also experience this issue more than dogs who are not. Some breeds or certain dogs may be born with narrow anal ducts.

Age and Breed Considerations

Anal gland issues are more common in dogs, yes, but they are even more common in smaller breeds of dogs including toy poodles, teacup terriers, bichon frise's, cocker spaniels, beagles and even Chihuahuas. When it comes to anal glad issues and sexes - both female and male dogs can be affected.

Why Their Diet Matters

While a diet change won't resolve all of the issues your dog might be having right off the bat, it's still a good place to start. Make sure that your dog has a diet that is rich in fiber which will help prevent issues in the future.

Expressing The Glands By Hand

While you can express the glands by hand, most vets will tell you that this should NOT be done to a normal dog with no history of issues with their anal glands. Instead, if you are worried if your dog has anal gland problems or you find that they are experiencing issues when defecating; it's a good idea to talk to your veterinarian to see if there is a true issue or not. If the anal glands need to be expressed, your veterinarian can do this process for you or even teach you how to do it for your own dogs.

Recognizing A True Problem

Some of the more common symptoms, become very obvious almost right away because these "acts" may not be something your dog did before and suddenly does now. The symptoms or signs of something possibly being wrong include; scooting their bottom across the floor, trying to lick the anal region or displaying discomfort in the area of the glands.

Impaction and infection are two of the most common worries when it comes to issues with anal glands, but if you ignore the problem as time goes on, this can eventually turn into an even bigger problem such as cancer. If you find that your animal is suffering from issues with their anal glands, see your veterinarian immediately.

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The Danger of Essential Oils

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 08:35 AM

christin-hume-505815-unsplash.jpgEssential oils are nothing new - they've been around for years, but more and more these days these essential oils are showing up in the news because of incidents regarding children. Children are at risk when it comes to ingesting essential oils, but so are pets!

If you use essential oils in your home, that's fine, but it's also important to keep your pets safe by following the rules below. These rules are primarily for essential oils.

Essential Oils Can Be Toxic

Aromatherapy for humans uses essential oils to create a relaxing atmosphere to calm people, take away headaches, reduce stress, etc. Unfortunately, if your pet gets into contact with these essential oils they can also become really sick. Make sure that if you use these oils at home that you keep your animals away from them. Pets should not lick, smell or eat these oils and they definitely shouldn't come into contact with them in terms of getting the oils on their feet, in their eyes, or on their skin.

Essential Oils Can Be irritants

As you probably know animals, especially dogs, and cats have a heightened sense of smell, more so than humans. Because of this some scents may become overpowering to them and cause irritations to the inside of their nose or eyes. Beyond just being able to smell better than humans do, dogs and cats have a more sensitive respiratory system than we do as well, which is why essential oils are NOT recommended around pets.

Pet Aromatherapy vs Human

If you visit your local pet shop or favorite online store you might see these pet aromatherapy products for pets, the pet variations are greatly diluted which does make them safer for animals. It's still a good idea to talk to your veterinarian though before using any oils on your pet. And never ever use these oils on open wounds, scratched skin, irritated skin, broken skin, etc.

Never apply human aromatherapy oils to your animal as these compounds can quickly be absorbed into the skin and go into the bloodstream to cause possible issues to your dog's organs.

Liquid Potpourri

Potpourri has long been touted as the perfect way to make your home smell nice. And while this is true, it can also lead to serious problems for your pets, especially when it comes to liquid potpourri which is made from essential oils and cationic detergents. These ingredients can cause chemical burns on the face, mouth or in the eyes. Not to mention the pure heat that comes from a pot of liquid potpourri can cause burns - or even death.

Keep your animals away from liquid potpourri and away from the stove or oven while it’s on. If your pet does accidentally come into contact with liquid potpourri, essential oils or any other type of harmful liquid, bath them immediately using a hand-safe natural dishwashing agent and call the veterinarian just in case.

While humans might find benefits in using essential oils, they are simply not made for pets, especially if they are not meant for pets or they are not diluted properly. If there ever comes a time when you want to try aromatherapy for pets on your animal, always make sure that you talk to your veterinarian first before using it on the animal.

Your veterinarian is more experienced and has more knowledge on this and therefore can offer a heads up on any issues you might see if you use the product, symptoms to look out for, and what to do in case of an emergency regarding your pet and these caustic liquids.

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Why Chocolate Can Cause Chocolate Toxicity

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 02:25 PM

dog-food-recall-320.jpgIf you have a new dog or you have an older dog and you’ve been hearing about chocolate toxicity you might be wondering what it is and how it can harm your dog. Below, is why chocolate is not safe for your dog and what makes one type of chocolate more deadly then another for dogs.

Why Not Chocolate?

You can feed your dog just about anything else and he can probably eat it and digest it, right? But, why is chocolate so bad for them? Behind chicken bones, it’s considered to be one of the deadliest ingredients to let your animals eat. Essentially chocolate and cocoa products contain an element called theobromine. While this component in chocolate is safe for humans, because we can easily and quickly metabolize it, dogs cannot. In fact, it takes so long to metabolize in their bodies that it ends up building into toxic levels. These toxic levels are what lead to the term chocolate toxicity.

Can All Dogs Get Chocolate Toxicity?

The short answer; yes. The more complex answer is that IF your dog were to get into chocolate and be smaller like a bichon vs IF your dog would get into chocolate and be larger, is that it would probably bother the smaller dog more than the larger dog. Nonetheless, even if its a small amount and they only get an upset stomach, all chocolate should be kept away from all dogs. It’s better to not test the boundaries.

What Can Chocolate Toxicity Do To My Dog?

Chocolate Toxicity can produce all sorts of horrendous symptoms from upset stomach and diarrhea to irregular heartbeat and heart attack to even internal bleeding. While you would most likely know if your dog got into chocolate or not, there are instances where people just don't know if they have or have not.

What To Do If I Think My Dog Ate Chocolate?

If you realize your dog has eaten chocolate and is going through chocolate toxicity you will need to take them to a vet. When you go to the vet the usual treatment for this type of poisoning is to induce vomiting within 2 hours of ingestion. That's right, you need to be very quick with this type of poisoning! This is why we are so happy to offer 24-hour support through Metro Animal Emergency Hospital when we are closed.

The Deadliest Type Of Chocolate

While no type of chocolate is "good" for your dog, there are ones with very high levels of theobromine that you absolutely need to make sure you keep away from them. Cocoa, baking chocolate and even dark chocolate are the deadliest types of chocolate products for your dog. Milk chocolate and white chocolate meanwhile have the lowest amounts. Always err on the side of caution. If you get chocolate for a sweet treat for yourself, got candy as a gift or have it around during holidays - always make sure its safely away from your pets.

One way to tell if your dog has Chocolate Toxicity is to pay attention to their attitude and personality. A lot of doctors and professionals say that if your dog has chocolate toxicity he or she will become over the moon hyper. But, if you are really nervous and want to make sure they have not consumed any chocolate, its best to take them to a vet for immediate attention.

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Why I love the app

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Fri, Sep 08, 2017 @ 07:03 AM

You'll love the new app for Halifax Veterinary Hospital. It makes staying in touch with your Veterinarian & setting up your next visit so simple. Not only can you create appointments, get records, and see live updates on your pet's health --- you can also take advantage of the rewards program.

It's easy to see why you will love all the convenience of this app.

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Making an appointment on the App is quick and simple. Just chose the service you need and select the open time that best suits your schedule. The app keeps track of your upcoming appointments and sends you reminders. Then you come to the office during the time that you chose.

After your appointment is complete the app continues to help keep you organized. It tracks any prescriptions or medications that your pet receives during their visit!

Then it will remind you when it is time to order or pick up your refill. You can also set it to remind you when to give your pet their medications. Which is particularly useful when it comes to non daily medications like flea or heartworm preventatives.

When You're Away

When you drop your pet off for a longer visit, you won't be out of contact. Halifax Veterinary Hospital uses the app to stay in touch with you. Instead of wondering how your pet is doing or waiting for a phone call you will get updates directly from the vet! You can also receive selfies of your pet while they are with the vet. So you will always know exactly how they are doing while you are away.

Even when you are apart, you can still:

  • See Pictures of your pet
  • Get updates from your Veterinarian
  • Manage bios for each of your pets
  • Share information with your family

A Special Loyalty Program

Every time you visit Halifax Veterinary Hospital you'll earn rewards that you can use on future visits. The app tracks them for you and lets you redeem your rewards! And if your reward needs an appointment to fulfill, you can use the app to book that appointment at the same time.

The app will also let you know of special offers from Halifax Veterinary Hospital. Even while you are earning new rewards, you can take advantage of deals or promotions that are being offered. So whether it is a discount on your next visit or a special pet day book reading, you will never miss it with the app.

All of Your Information In One Place

You'll love never having to worry about your information. Once you download and sign up with the app, all of your information is stored on a cloud. If anything ever happens to your phone or tablet then all of your pet's information is still safe. Your history, appointments, rewards, reminders, pictures, and alerts are kept safe for you.

You will never need to worry about losing your information! Just reload the app if you get a new phone or upgrade.

Easy and Convenient

It is easy to see why you will love this new app for the Halifax Veterinary Hospital. With a swipe of your finger you can book appointments, stay up to date on your family pets, and be ready for your next pet visit. And with reminders you'll never wonder when to give your pet their next dose of medication again!

So don't forget to download the app today and start earning your rewards. You'll love the convenience and how easy it is to stay in touch with your Veterinarian.

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Body Conditioning

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 @ 02:03 PM

It goes without saying that you want the best for your pet. But there are times when a loving pet owner can go overboard with good intentions and give a dog too much of the good stuff, be that food or fun. As with people, it is vital that dogs maintain a healthy balance of diet and exercise. Otherwise, you can see their weight fluctuate one way or another quite quickly. In this post, we will discuss some signs you may see when your dog's body conditioning is off, as well as some you will see when it's spot on.

The Nestle Purina Body Condition System is divided into nine levels. Those nine levels are divided (unevenly) into three categories: too thin, ideal, and too heavy. We'll explore each of these categories below.

Too thin (1-3)

Levels one and two are relatively easy to spot, even from a distance. The ribs, lumbar vertebrae, and pelvic bones, as well as smaller bones are clearly visible. There will be little to no body fat. Unless a dog is old and his or her metabolism is simply not functioning properly, dwindling down to these levels is almost certainly a sign of an underlying illness.WA_3-1.jpg

The ribs will be clearly visible in the case of dogs on level three as well, but less so the rest of their bones. Still, you may be able to see the pelvic bones or the top of the lumbar vertebrae. A distinguishing factor of level three is the abdominal tuck; when looking from above, you will see that the waist and abdomen are clearly thinner than the ribs and hips.

Too heavy (6-9)

If a dog's on level six, the ribs will be visible albeit through a layer of fat. While the abdomen is still tucked, the waist is hardly perceivable from above.

On level seven the ribs are hardly visible at all due to heavy fat. You will likely see fat deposits over the lumbar area and the base of the tail. A dog can be on level seven even if a slight abdominal tuck is visible. You will likely not see the waste from above though.

In level eight a dog's ribs may be visible under intense scrutiny but in level nine they are hidden beneath massive fat deposits. The deposits cover the lumbar area and the base of the tail, and in level nine even the neck and limbs. Dogs in level eight may be bloated or have abdominal distention, as those in level nine certainly will be.

Ideal (4-5)

In the ideal-weight dog, the ribs will be visible beneath a little bit of fat. In level four dogs, you can still make out the waist from above and the abdomen from the side; in level five dogs the waist will be less apparent when looking from above, but you can definitely see the abdomen tucked from the side.

Keep in mind that this is only intended as a general guideline. If you have any reason to believe that your dog's body conditioning is off, please see your veterinarian as quickly as possible.

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What we want you to know about fees

Posted by Halifax Veterinary Hospital Blogging Team on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 07:33 AM

You’re looking for information online for pricing on your next Veterinary visit. But you can’t find a price list anywhere! You even looked around the waiting room the last time you visited the Veterinarian and couldn't find anything.

Don’t worry, there is a good reason why you can’t find pricing online or even in a brochure at the Halifax Veterinary Hospital.

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The best Veterinarians in Canada are a part of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

The CVMA provides:

  • Resources for Training
  • Sets Veterinary Standards
  • A Network of Excellent Veterinarians
  • Better Medical Care for All Pets

Since joining the CVMA, the Halifax Veterinary Hospital has had access to all of these resources. It has been a tremendous help in treating your pets and ensuring the best care possible.

While being a part of this Association continues to benefit you when you visit the Halifax Veterinary Hospital, membership with the CVMA does include requirements.

One of the requirements to be a part of the CVMA is that all Veterinarians members must follow the CVMA’s Ethical Guidelines. In addition to best care for both clients & patients, one of the guidelines includes not posting pricing for procedures or visits.

While this may seem odd at first, it is for a very good reason.

Better Care for All Pets

Being able to work with, rely on, and refer other Veterinarians that may have more expertise with a treatment or breed of pet is one of the largest benefits of being a member of the CVMA.

When your Veterinarian needs help to ensure that your pet has the best care possible they can call on another member of the CVMA. Because the CVMA Veterinarian that is helping has sworn to the highest standard of medical care, you can trust that they are putting the needs of your pet first.

By not posting prices online or in their offices, CVMA Veterinarians are placing the care of your pet before any price competition with other Veterinarians. This keeps Veterinarians from competing for patient business based on lowest price. Without that competition, they are better able to work together & focus on providing the best care for your pet.

Simply Call for Pricing

The CVMA doesn’t only work to create a better environment for Veterinarians to work together. They also work to protect your rights. Among many others, one of your rights is to know the cost of care before agreeing to any treatment.

To balance these two ethical requirements, your Veterinarian is happy to quote you the price of your visit or pet’s procedure over the phone.

You deserve to know what you will be paying before you are handed a bill. With that in mind, you can call the Halifax Veterinary Hospital & receive a quote over the phone. You never need to schedule an appointment for this.  This is a bit difficult as a matter of fact, we can quote for basis services ie vaccines, spays, neuters but more difficult procedures with treatments, dentals etc. we need to see them to do the estimate up. So we would need to see them first

While you are calling you can also learn about the details of the procedure or visit that you are interested in.

Your CVMA Veterinarian is Here for You

You want the best and highest quality care for your pets. And trusting a CVMA member hospital is the first step in ensuring that level of care.

The Halifax Veterinary Hospital is here to take care of you & your pets. You won’t find pricing online or written out quotes, but you will know the pricing of a procedure or visit after a simple phone call.

And because your Veterinarian is a part of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, you can be assured that you are getting the best and most ethical care for your pet possible.

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