This Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, it is important to remember the dangers that the tasty treats we collect can cause to our pets.

Chocolate is one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about foods that can harm our pets; it’s true!

Chocolate contains Theobromine which can be very toxic to dogs. Dogs are unable to metabolize Theobromine at a normal rate, causing it to build up to toxic levels. The darker the chocolate, the more Theobromine it contains. For example, a dark chocolate bar has the potential to be much more harmful than a milk chocolate bar.

If you think your dog has consumed any amount of chocolate it is critical to contact your Veterinary Hospital immediately.

Symptoms of toxicity may include:

  • Extreme Thirst
  • Diarrhea
  • Panting
  • Shaking
  • Seizures
  • Death

Though symptoms can be helpful in judging if your dog has eaten any chocolate, it is important to act fast as symptoms can take several hours to appear and early intervention and treatment are crucial to a positive outcome.

This Halloween, please remember to keep all treats out of reach (or leap) of your pet. Have a safe a happy Halloween!

Written by: Kelsey Cleveland, Veterinary Assistant




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Last updated: September 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

The province of Nova Scotia will enter Stage 5 of the COVID re-opening plan on September 15. Here is what Stage 5 will look like at Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital:

  • Masks are required for all clients entering our hospital, as well as for all our staff
  • Telemedicine appointments are available to anyone who cannot wear a mask inside our hospital
  • 1 client per exam room allowed (exceptions will be made for end of life procedures)
  • Credit cards are the preferred method of payment
  • Curbside pickup of food and medication is still available. Please call ahead of time so that we can have your order ready upon your arrival. A reminder that we require 48 hours notice for food and prescription orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".

    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 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 Clayton Park Veterinary Hospital