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.


Arthritis and Your Pet

Does your pet seem stiff or sore, especially after they have been resting?

Has your pet’s mood and/or activity level changed? If so, your pet could be suffering from arthritis. We tend to dismiss signs of arthritis as “getting older,” and early symptoms can be missed. Your pet could have chronic pain.

Arthritis is chronic inflammation in one or more of your pet’s joints. It is the most common cause of chronic pain we see in our pets. Arthritis can be caused by several different issues including infection, a previous injury, being overweight, or genetic disorders.

Signs to look for:

  • Limping or favouring a leg
  • Difficulty sitting or standing
  • Weight Gain or weight loss
  • Less Activity
  • Having a hard time using stairs or jumping
  • Behaviour changes like hiding, aggressiveness, less affectionate

How we treat a patient with arthritis will depend on the cause and severity of the disease. Treatments can range from diet change and supplements to pain medications and therapeutic laser sessions. Never give an animal medication designed for human use without talking to your veterinarian!

If you think your furry friend may be suffering from arthritis, phone us today and set up an appointment to have them assessed. We will then discuss with you which treatment options will work best for your pet.

Written by: Elgin Animal Hospital



Lyme Disease

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519.631.0430. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, & Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.

5. 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.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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.

- Your dedicated team at Elgin Animal Hospital