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.


Losing a Beloved Pet – How Do You Cope with the Loss?

Anyone who has shared their love with a special pet knows the overwhelming sense of loss and grief once that pet is no longer with you.

How do you cope?
That is where each person will differ. Some need to be alone and work out their grief in private ways. Others need to keep busy and surround themselves with tasks or people.

Still, others will not know what they need until they wake up each day.

There are no rules, no time constraints when working through the complicated emotions that surround the loss of a beloved pet. To many people, their pet is as, or in some cases, even more, important than human members of their family. With this loss, comes immeasurable grief. It is so very important to ensure you have a solid system in
place that will protect and nurture your soul until you feel you can start to move forward, out of the grief. That system can be a spouse, a best friend, another important pet, a family member or even a co-worker. If you feel you don’t have someone that truly understands, finding a grief counsellor or group is a good way to work through and share the burden.

Reach out — “grief shared is a grief halved.”

The only thing your beloved pet would want for you after having to say goodbye is to find whatever gives you comfort, help you heal, and allows you to remember them in a way that reflects their unconditional love and loyalty for you. Find that something. Breathe deep, reflect and find it. There may always be a void or a feeling of loss and pain, but time does heal and what remains should be amazing. Keep all your pictures, and videos close. Remember the joy. Look deeply into those eyes and remember the love they echoed. You were their person, their best friend, as they were yours.

Remember to be grateful, and know you will love again…but also know you will never, ever lose their heart.

In memory of Marshall, an incredibly special little dog that loved life and all his people. Gone but never forgotten.

Written by: Leanne Currie, RVT



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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 policies were updated Monday, June 1, 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 902.434.0700. We will confirm your information and a receptionist will come out to bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. If you have an iPhone, we have set up our clinic iPad for you to FaceTime with the vet during the exam or we have the capability of doing Skype for video-calling during the exam as well. If you do not have either of these as options, once the examination is finished, the veterinarian will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone while you remain outside. A staff member will then return to your vehicle with your pet and bring any items to go home with you. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team. We will either ring you through at your vehicle with our portable debit/credit machine or we accept credit card payments over the phone. We are not taking cash at this time.

2. We are still OPEN but are working with limited staff and trying to limit human exposure, including staff-to-staff, as much as possible with deep disinfecting occurring after we close for the day.
Monday, Thursday: 7:15 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:15 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

3. 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 hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone or via our portable debit/credit machine at your vehicle. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home or order and pay via the website and pick up at the clinic. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

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

5. 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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital