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Winterize Your Play Time!

Winter means it is dark and cold before you are even home from work but that shouldn’t mean you can’t still have play time with your pooch!

If your dog is a fan of the snow a glow in the dark ball is great for them to chase after. Using a good glow in the dark ball will help both you and your dog find the ball within the snow. Or use a Frisbee so it stays on top of the snow where you can both see it.

One of my dog’s favourite games is chasing snowballs! She will run and dive into the snow for them over and over again. With this game, there’s no concern for losing a ball in the snow.

One of my favourite games to play, because I get to stay nice and warm, is having them chase the laser in the snow, while I stand in the kitchen shining the laser out the window onto the backyard.

Now if your pooch is not a fan of the snow you can also play laser in the house, have them run up and down the stairs, around tables, in circles, down the hall. Just be courteous to any downstairs neighbours you have.

If you have a food motivated pup you can even throw their kibbles down the hallway to have them run after them.

Teaching your furry friend a new trick is another great indoor activity, just be careful with your reward system as you don’t want to load them up on treats. Some of their food, fruits or veggies can make great treats without a ton of calories.

Sometimes though it is just too cold to venture outside for playtimes so make sure to check the weather before you head out and dress your pet accordingly!

Written by Leah Sandberg, RVT

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Last updated: July 8, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective Monday, July 13, 2020 we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

Your dedicated team at Mission Ridge Animal Hospital