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 Trim Cat Nails

Sometimes owners can feel overwhelmed by trying to trim their cats’ nails at home, and taking them to the vet or groomer to get them done can be upsetting for the cat. Nail trims can be done very easily at home as long as you have the right tools and know-how.

There are a wide variety of nail trimming tools that you can purchase at your local pet store or vet clinic. The easiest tool to use at home is the small scissor-type clippers. They are inexpensive and easy to use – ideal for someone just starting to try to trim their cats’ nails at home.

Below you will find some tips and tricks on how to trim your cats‘ nails at home, safely and without stress!

  • Place your cat on your lap
  • Be sure to show your cat the nail trimmers to get them comfortable with the new tool.
  • Gently touch their pad and massage the toe pads
  • Gently press down on the pad to expose the nail bed.
  • With the nail extended trim the sharp tip off the nail.
  • Release your cat’s toe and repeat this process until all nails are trimmed.

Reward your cat with treats at the end of the nail trim to make it a positive experience.

It is ideal to have the nails trim every 2-3 weeks to prevent excessively long nails.

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

Written by: Paula Kennedy, Veterinary Assistant

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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