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After Hours Emergency Clinics in Ottawa
If your pet is in immediate medical danger or you are helping an animal that has been seriously hurt, the following emergency vet clinics are open in Ottawa:
- Ottawa Veterinary Hospital:
900 Boyd Ave,
Ottawa, ON, K2A 2E3
Phone Number: 613-729-6139
- Alta Vista Animal Hospital
2616 Bank St,
Ottawa, ON K1T 1M9
Phone Number: 613-731-9911
- Animal Emergency and Specialty Hospital
1155 Lola Street,
Ottawa, ON, K1K 4C1
Phone Number: 613-745-0123
For the Love of Pets
It occurs to me that animals — pets, at least for those of us who have them — are a huge part of our emotional lives.
For those of us who grew up with animals, often they were our first loves. And they were our first loss. I can still feel the sting of the loss of my first dog. Most of us can.
Love for our pets can be a tremendous consolation. Which one of us has not hugged a beloved pet after a break-up, a divorce, a death? We swear they can sense our pain and they probably can.
Some souls have only experienced the love for a pet and never for another human. And for some, it is the only love and companionship that is left in old age.
So as we celebrate our love and our loves this St. Valentine’s Day, let’s set aside a little of the celebration for our pets.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Keep Your Cat Safe: Indoor Cats
What may be desired is not necessarily the safest…
Even though cats may love to have the freedom of running around outside, so too would dogs whose freedom we strictly control. In fact, small children would relish the opportunity to roam freely all day, with little or no regard for their safety. In today’s world this freedom is just not possible.
There are countless rules for our protection…
Society has established many rules for our protection. We wouldn’t think of allowing our small children to go outside alone where they are exposed to many dangers. Yet we readily open the door for our feline friends to go out unsupervised never knowing if they will return the same day or the next day or ever…
Are you a good neighbour?
Another factor to consider, besides your cat’s safety, is its effect on the environment and the nuisance it unwittingly creates for your neighbours. Cat fights are noisy and offensive; unneutered cats breed indiscriminately; their spraying and feces are pollutants; they get into garbage; ruin gardens cause car accidents, spread diseases, kill wildlife; and in some cases, inflict wounds on people and other animals.
Is this freedom?
Outdoor cats are not free. They fight a daily battle for survival against exposure to the elements, accidents, disease, poison, abuse and fights with other animals, theft or loss. On average an outdoor cat lives approximately three years while the lifespan of a cat that has been kept indoors (and supervised while outdoors) is approximately 15 years.
The OHS recommends that you keep your feline companion on a harness or under supervision when let outside. Microchip your animal as a precaution against loss. A microchip implant will supply your pet with identification that lasts a lifetime. Harness training is a safe way to allow your cat to experience the pleasures of the great outdoors.
Ensure your cat’s safety. Your feline companion and your neighbours will thank you for your effort!
Our Ten Year Challenge
There has been a small phenomenon going around the internet lately: the ten year challenge. The idea is that you post a picture of yourself today and from ten years ago. Notwithstanding Wired Magazine’s theory that the trend was started for the express purpose of calibrating facial recognition software, the idea is kind of fun. It certainly got me thinking about where I was and where the OHS was ten years ago.
2009: The OHS is still residing in a fairly decrepit and definitely inadequate building on Champagne Avenue. The space was designed to accommodate only about a third of the animals that we cared for in 2009.
2019: After seven years, we are fully settled into our West Hunt Club Shelter. The additional space and amenities have allowed the OHS to not only vastly improve animal care but also to develop numerous new programs for animals and for our community: day camps for children and youth, seminars, obedience classes, tours and open-houses, a pet loss support group, workshops for newcomers to Canada, and many other initiatives are now launched, all made possible by the new location and the generosity of our donors.
2009: While an OHS internal clinic assures that all animals adopted out by the OHS are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, the range of medical intervention possible is restricted by our limited space and resources. The OHS offers no medical intervention to the community.
2019: A larger, better equipped clinic allows the OHS to address more complex medical issues, and bring more sick and injured animals to health and forever homes. The OHS has been offering its Mobile Spay Neuter Clinic for three years, offering subsidized sterilization for the pets of low-income people across Ottawa.
2009: While our community clearly loves animals, not everyone knows or is sensitive to the right thing to do for them. The numbers of cats at large is rampant.
2019: In part because of our sterilization, education and outreach programs, fewer cats are at large and fewer are admitted to the OHS. Shelters and other animal welfare groups are now the number one source of pets all across North America.
So, while I may be even greyer than I was ten years ago, and the bags under my eyes have become more pronounced with the passage of time, I think the OHS has blossomed, and the animals along with our whole community have benefited.
President and CEO
A Sad Reminder
It is sadly ironic that this coming Sunday is National Pet Fire Safety Day, given the tragedy we witnessed just last week at the SPCA of Western Quebec. The tragic loss of over 70 animals should be a reminder to us all to consider our furry friends when preparing for unexpected fire emergencies. According to the (American) Red Cross, every year about 500,000 pets are affected by fires, and nearly 1,000 home fires are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets. It is so important that we all remember the animal members of our family when it comes to fire prevention and to have a plan when the unthinkable happens.
Here are a few things to consider:
- Don’t burn candles unattended. Pets are naturally curious but not as cautious as we might like. Wagging tails and curious cats can knock over candles. Consider flameless candles as an alternative.
- Have a plan in place when you are home. Know which family members will be responsible for which pet.
- Keep leashes near the exits, so you can grab them on your way out the door during an evacuation.
- Make sure your home has functioning smoke alarms on every level of your home, and in the main corridor outside each bedroom area. Ensure you replace the batteries twice a year. Consider using the time changes in spring and fall as reminders to change batteries.
- The OHS has emergency cling film “stickers” for your front door, alerting first responders about the number of pets in your home. You can purchase them for only a dollar at our Buddy & Belle Boutique here at the OHS.
This National Pet Fire Safety Day, please invest a little time to keep all members of your family safe from fire.
President and CEO
Saving Lives with Dentistry Saving Lives with Dentistry
Over a decade ago, when we opened our first in-house clinic, the OHS realized its long time dream to replace our once leading-edge, but then outdated, voucher system for spaying and neutering animals post-adoption with a “no animal is adopted unsterilized” policy. Back then, we were frequently backlogged with animals waiting for sterilization surgery. Additional resources, a new clinic, and better technique has meant that now animals rarely wait long for sterilization. Now they wait for dentistry.
The need for veterinary dentistry is a difficult reality faced by most, if not all, progressive shelters in North America. We simply cannot adopt an animal that may be in pain and tell the adopter that they have to spend a thousand dollars or more right away on their new pet. It isn’t realistic. Many won’t to do it. Many would simply not adopt that particular animal. But, not treating a cat or a dog that requires dentistry is not only unacceptable medically, it is cruel. Imagine you suffered severe pain in your mouth from rot and abscesses for the rest of your life.Over a decade ago, when we opened our first in-house clinic, the OHS realized its long time dream to replace our once leading-edge, but then outdated, voucher system for spaying and neutering animals post-adoption with a “no animal is adopted unsterilized” policy. Back then, we were frequently backlogged with animals waiting for sterilization surgery. Additional resources, a new clinic, and better technique has meant that now animals rarely wait long for sterilization. Now they wait for dentistry.
So, we struggle with this new challenge. An eight-year-old cat likely has a long and healthy life ahead. But many need dentistry to achieve it. Beyond the issue of serious pain, our chief veterinarian tells me that untreated, periodontal disease can lead to very serious problems like jaw fractures from bone loss, infection of the jawbone, and nasal infections. And that aside from periodontal disease causing oral problems, it can also have systemic consequences, affecting the kidneys, liver and heart.
We cannot, in good conscience leave an animal to suffer. While minor, or potential future dental issues are identified for adopting families, anything which likely causes pain has to be addressed before adoption.
Dentistry for pets is not a luxury. We have to provide dentistry to save lives, and to give animals a life worth living.