Happy Halloween Everyone!!

Happy Halloween!

Thanks everyone for sending us your cute pet pics. We really appreciate it.

Everyone looks great!!!! : )

Starting tomorrow we will be beginning our focus on Seniors month. We are encouraging everyone and anyone to write a blog about their senior pet friend past or present for us to share on this site. Remember to send us a pic too! Email them to snelgrovevs@yahoo.ca  Attn:Helen


Halloween tips from your local animal hospital in Brampton!


Did I scare you?


But did you know that something as little as that word from a child in a costume could scare your pet?

Many animals go missing on Halloween night due to strange noises, loud children and constant knocking on doors. Even the most level-headed dog or cat can get nervous to the point of running away and/or hiding.

At Snelgrove Veterinary Services, we recommend keeping all pets indoors on Halloween night, preferably locked away from the opening and closing doors of your home.

Chocolate, candy and wrappers can also make your pet very sick. Warn your children not to share their treats with your pets and to be sure they throw all wrappers in the trash. It is even a good idea to take a walk around your property the morning after, prior to letting your pet out, to make sure there is no garbage lying around.

Be aware of how your pet reacts even to your own family while in costume. Some dogs can actually become aggressive to something as simple as a hat. Costumes have an unfamiliar scent to your pet and make it difficult for your pet to recognize you.

Be sure that your pet has identification on them in case they get loose or lost. Be sure that your microchip information is correct and that tags contain current phone numbers.

We hope you have a safe and happy Halloween. Happy Hauntings!!

Cuban Cats!

On a recent trip to Cuba, I was amazed by all the cats wandering around the resort. Amazingly, of the 20+ cats I saw, all had clear eyes, great coats and happy personalities. I wondered, who cared for these pets???

Coffee is my passion, alongside my family and pets, so while enjoying the finest cappuccino, I noticed the barista taking the leftover frothed milk and placing it in a dish behind the counter. Ah ha, mystery solved! The staff were caring for these cats. Why would they do that? I would have thought resorts would discourage stray animals not encourage their stay! One barista in particular, was loved by the cats. As she walked across the halls to get supplies, the cats lovingly followed her. Was she risking her job by feeding these cats? Some nights we noticed plastic cups filled with leftover food behind the counter for the cats.

As I previously said, all of these cats look incredibly healthy. Lean and sharp, happy and friendly, clear eyes and shiny coats.

A pure black cat with huge yellow eyes, a tortie with a yellow stripe down its nose, a rich orange tabby, young brown tabbies following guests and black and white cats.

One morning we noticed them sleeping on decorative rocks in the lower part of the resort, where it was cool and shaded. Young cats jumping and playing with each other and what’s this??

Jumping at the walls??    Were they chasing their shadows??     NO!!    They’re catching lizards!!

Hmmmm? I wonder if that’s why these cats are all treated so well? Perhaps they control the creature population at the hotel? I’m sure the guests take better to cats around then lizards everywhere. Of course, this is just speculation.

Although, I have nothing against lizards and I know they control the bug population, I’d still rather have cats rubbing up against my legs than lizards running up them. Just Saying. LOL


Cat-Banner-Order Online

Did you know that approximately 80% of people shop online?? Did you know that you can get almost everything you need for your pet online? Even, refill prescriptions! Well, you can!!!

Snelgrove Veterinary Services has recently opened our own online shopping site. We have everything you need for your pets including cat litter, toys, treats, water fountains, bowls, leashes, food and much, much more.

Visit our website at www.snelgrovevet.com and click and sign up on our webstore. We even offer home delivery of non-prescription products and a 5% discount off our in clinic prices. You can even get your pets prescription refilled.

If you need help finding a product you are looking for, feel free to contact us at 905-846-3316 and one of our wonderful receptionists will be happy to help you.

Dog-Banner-Order Online

Why Growling is Good

Wilde About Dogs

Bodhi growls at Sierra crop small copyA woman I sometimes chat with during my morning dog outings asked my opinion about an encounter she recently had. She’d been been walking her four-year-old mixed breed dog around a local park when she crossed paths with a man whose dog was off leash. As the owners walked toward each other on the narrow trail, the foot loose and fancy-free puppy ran up to the adult dog. With the usual lack of canine cluelessness that accompanies early dogdom, the pup leaped at the dog relentlessly in an attempt to initiate play. The woman’s dog, while not aggressive, did not want to be bothered. He growled. The puppy didn’t back off, and again tried to engage the older dog. The dog growled louder. The man made no attempt to put his dog on leash. The woman, feeling embarrassed that her dog had growled, ended up apologizing to the man and…

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Spotty dog “Indy”

Hello, I am Dr. Suzanne McQueen. Owner and practicing veterinarian at Snelgrove Veterinary Services in Brampton. Approximately 10 months ago, my husband and I adopted a one year old merlequin Great Dane. I must say that I have always had Great Danes, well, at least for the last 25 years and so I consider myself a lover.  This dog had bloated (but that’s another topic all together) and his previous owners surrendered him. This required surgical correction which was performed by a great clinic in Burlington and hence we start our story.

When I brought him home, he immediately became great friends with our other 3 dogs and cats. However, it became quite evident that spotty dog, Indy, had some separation issues and anxieties.  If I left the room, even to go to the bathroom, it would be followed by crying and whining and when I opened the door I was left with pools of drool. I literally couldn’t go anywhere in the house without him being my shadow.  Leaving the house was another issue all together. Apart from the constant crying, he would hit the glass in the front door as he stood on his hind legs watching me leave. Ok, so this was getting serious!  The last thing I wanted was for him to go through the glass!! Yikes!

So now, when it comes to separation anxiety there are many ways to treat this condition, both with and without medication.  As well, as you can imagine, there are many different levels of anxiety.  So began my research.  Now I decided to first try to avoid drugs and so I bought  a Thundershirt. Now the Thundershirt, as it sounds, was originally designed for thunderstorm anxieties. It is a snug fitting jacket of sorts, made of jersey material.  It is meant to act like a ‘big hug’ and calm the animal (dog or cat) down and make them feel more secure, similar to swaddling a baby.

This is a photo with Indy wearing his Thundershirt now. He has outgrown it slightly. LOL

This is a photo with Indy wearing his Thundershirt now. He has outgrown it slightly. LOL

My experience with this shirt? It worked very well indeed! Indy became more confident and secure. He no longer got up when I left the room and I could, in fact, go to the bathroom on my own. It was amazing! I left it on him all day, even when I was home, and only removed it at night-time. We used it for about 2 months and then it was no longer necessary. Amazing!

Now, obviously it may not work for everyone, but for my spotty dog it was a life saver!!!

Thundershirts are available on our webstore which is easily accessed by visiting our website at www.snelgrovevet.com and clicking the shop now button.

Veterinary Hospital in Brampton starts blogging! Over 100 years in Brampton!!!

Veterinary Hospital in Brampton starts blogging! Over 100 years in Brampton!!!

First off, I’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to visit our blog. This is a new experience for us and we will try to keep topics informative and engaging. Please feel free to comment on our blogs and even recommend topics you would like us to discuss. As many of you know, we are not authors or screenwriters or poets, so please, please, please forgive our grammatical errors. I will start off by telling you a little about Snelgrove Veterinary Services, further know as SVS. SVS started with humble beginnings as Dr. Stirk Veterinary Services at 43 Queen Street West in downtown Brampton by (of course) Dr. Sam Stirk back in 1912.

Dr. Stirk Veterinary Services

Dr. Stirk Veterinary Services

This veterinary hospital catered to the nearby farms, treating everything from horses to cows, pigs to goats, chickens and everything else. Dr. Stirk’s practice was joined by his son Dr. Gerald Stirk who, was actually born in that building in the back house. As the population of Brampton grew, they, along with Dr. Robert Cation followed the farmland to the northeast corner of Highway 10 and Mayfield Road. At this time the name was changed and has stayed Snelgrove Veterinary Services. SVS moved to its current location, the old OPP station, at 11526 Hurontario Street (Hwy 10), complete with 2 jail cells, lol, in the fall of 1981. The companion animal portion of SVS was taken over by Dr. Suzanne McQueen in 2002. SVS has continued to strive to become a modern day hospital, keeping up to date with current medicine, practices, and modern equipment. We continue to grow and mature as do our surroundings. Our clientel comes first and foremost. Without you and your loyalty to our practice we may not still be standing. Essentially SVS has been serving pets and farm animals in Brampton, Caledon and the surrounding areas for over 100 years!!!! Great job SVS. We love our jobs, we love our community and we love all the pets that walk through our hallowed doors.