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.

Pet Therapy

What is it?

Pet therapy is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal. The purpose of pet therapy is to help a person cope with a health problem or mental disorder. Pet therapy can help a person to cope with stress, depression or anxiety. Dogs and cats are most common, but even rabbits and horses have been used to help people.

How is it beneficial?

Pet therapy builds on our bond with animals. Interacting with friendly animals can help many physical and mental issues. For example,

It can reduce high blood pressure, lessen pain, and reduce stress. Spending time with animals can make you happier, have a better outlook on life. Having an animal by your side gives you a companion. This can keep you entertained and reduces loneliness. As well as increase your self-esteem and confidence.

How can it be made available?

You can talk to your doctor or therapist. They can provide contacts, and get you in touch with a handler and find a suitable pet. Once a handler and their pet are approved, animals are assigned to a person’s specific needs. You would then work with an animal and their handler. Often the type, breed, age and the pets overall behaviour will determine where the pet will be most helpful to the person.

Here in Edmonton, there is an organization called the Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta. Their volunteers along with their pet companions provide animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted programs to change and make a difference in people’s lives. They are even working with the Edmonton International Airport to help passengers have a calm experience before they go off on their travels.

Pets really do make us happy. Even when you are driving and you see a person walking their dog or you are on the internet and watching a video with a little kitten. These bring a smile to your face. We all can have bad days, but when you get home and you are greeted with wagging tails or your cat purring. Your bad day just got better.  Pet therapy can really have a positive effect on a person, and help them to cope with the challenges they face.

Written by Madison Vandenberg ACA

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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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 780-458-3833. We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, 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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturdays 9:00 - 2:00 pm and closed on Sundays.

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 clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these 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 Mission Ridge Animal Hospital