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.

Kennel Cough

Recently we have seen an increased number of dogs with suspect ‘kennel cough’ type symptoms.

‘Kennel cough’ or infectious tracheobronchitis is infectious bronchitis of dogs characterized by a harsh, hacking cough.

Typically, dogs become infected when they spend time in contact with other, infected dogs — for example — off-leash dog parks, doggy daycare, boarding kennels, even play-dates with an infected dog.

The incubation period can be from 2-14 days. Most healthy dogs who contract kennel cough will exhibit a very hoarse, honking cough for anywhere from 3-5 days and up to 1-2 weeks. Most dogs will have an irritating, annoying cough that will resolve on it owns without treatment.

However, a small number of dogs can develop secondary nasal infections or even pneumonia. Dogs at risk for developing an illness due to kennel cough would be young puppies, senior dogs, those that are already immunocompromised or have underlying heart disease or respiratory condition.

Most dogs will get over a case of kennel cough in a few days without any medical intervention. Some will need symptomatic relief with a cough suppressant.

Dogs who seem unwell, are very lethargic, have a reduced appetite or have nasal discharge should be taken to their veterinarian.

Due to the highly contagious nature of kennel cough, if you do make a veterinary appointment for your dog, we will ask you to please leave your pet in your vehicle until he or she can be seen by the veterinarian.

If you have any questions regarding the duration or nature of your dog’s cough, please contact us at the veterinary hospital.

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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 204-444-3615. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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

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 Oakbank Animal Hospital