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.

How to Help You Pets Adjust to Routine Change.

Back to school days are very fast approaching. Your carefree lifestyle will change into more of a routine schedule with kids going back to school. This not only means a change in your routine schedule but also the schedule of your fur family as well.

Have you considered how this will impact your canine family? Don’t get me wrong, your, feline family will miss you as well, however, cats usually make themselves scarce during the day. The need for feline family is generally on their terms and time (usually at 5 am for my 3 feline babies).

Dogs are more social creatures who are loyal to the point of following us or the kids around each room of the home. This could potentially cause a little distress for him/her once school starts and the house falls silent during the day.

There are a number of things you can do to keep your dog from missing you too much during the first few weeks of your routine change.

  1. Have a family member stop by your home during the day to check in on your doggy.
  2. Check-in your City/Town to see if there are any people who have a dog walking business that can come by during the day to walk your buddy. Perhaps a responsible young adult in your neighbourhood would gladly take on walking your dog for a small fee.
  3. Check with any animal boarding facilities or vet clinics that offer doggy daycare services. A daily fee will have your pup spend the day romping and playing with other dogs! Pretty sure they would love it and you will have a very content and tired fur baby who will want to sleep all night when they get home.
  4. Start a routine of walking your dog longer in the evening or spend some time in the backyard playing fetch with his favourite toy, ball or stick will help expel some excess built up energy from the day.
  5. If you have one dog, you could think about getting another pup or even a cat to keep each other company during the day.

If you are lucky enough to be able to work in a place that allows you to bring your pets to work it would be ideal! I have the pleasure of sharing my day at the office, with my coworker’s very social, lovable and goofy pug named Mabel. Sometimes we are joined by the meows of a handsome feline named Rodney who loves to sing the song of his peoples!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 709.368.7981.

Written by: Sunrise Animal 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 709.368.7981. We will take a history of your pet from outside your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. Saturday & Sunday: Closed.

4. 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. Pick up will ONLY be available between the hours of 2:00-4:00PM and 6:00-8:00PM from Monday to Friday.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. Payments for appointments can be taken over the phone by credit card or by e-transfer. E-transfers can be sent to info@sunrise-vet.ca.

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 Sunrise Animal Hospital