Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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How to Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer!

Here are some tips and tricks to help keep your pet cool this summer!

  1. Exercise – With this hot weather, the best time to walk your animals is during the early morning and the evening. The afternoon is the hottest time of the day and pets can go into heatstroke very quickly! Swimming is a great form of exercise for your pet during the summer, tires them out while keeping cool!
  2. Hot Paws – Do you plan to take your pets on walks this summer? To the beach? Having booties for your pet to wear is a way to keep those paws safe! Both pavement and sand can become very hot during the warm weather and can burn the pads of their paws!
  3. Cool Clothing – Similar to the booties, you can also buy both jackets and bandanas that are cooling as well.
  4. Stay Hydrated – Making sure to keep your pet hydrated, especially during warmer weather, is important. Whenever going out make sure to bring either a water bottle or collapsible bowl, as well adding ice cubes to their water bowls to keep the water cold.
  5. Stay Shady – Providing plenty of shade for your pet by hanging a tarp, cloth or use a shade screen. No matter what do not leave your pets in the car!
  6. Knowing the signs of heatstroke – Heatstroke can be life-threatening in dogs, here are the signs to watch out for: excessive panting/breathing, excessive salivation, fatigue, staggering, very red or pale gums, vomiting/diarrhea. If you notice any of these symptoms, get your pet inside and contact your vet immediately!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 902.445.VETS.

Written by: Bedford South Veterinary Hospital



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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective June 5, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


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



We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


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.

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

- Your dedicated team at PetFocus Veterinary Hospital - Bedford South