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.

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Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November is dedicated to educating pet owners about the signs of cancer – the earlier the disease is detected, the greater the chance that treatment will be successful.

Pets, just like people, can develop cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death in cats and dogs – 1 in 5 cats and 1 in 4 dogs will develop some kind of cancer in their lifetime. Many of the same cancers in people can occur in pets, including skin cancers, mammary cancer, testicular cancer, and osteosarcoma (cancer of the bones). Certain breeds of cats and dogs are more susceptible to develop certain types of cancer, and as pets age, the risk increases.

Different types of cancer have different signs – if you notice changes in your pet, please contact your veterinarian. Many of the signs can be vague or general and be attributed to many different conditions. Some signs to watch for that may indicate cancer include:

  • lumps or bumps that appear on your pet’s body
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • wounds that do not heal
  • bleeding or discharge from the mouth, gums, nose, vagina, or penis
  • lameness or stiffness that persists
  • loss of appetite or difficulty eating
  • bad odor from the mouth
  • difficulty urinating or defecating or accidents in a housetrained pet
  • unexplained weight loss
  • chronic vomiting or diarrhea
  • coughing or difficulty breathing
  • lethargy (low energy)

Taking your pet for regular wellness checks is important as these allow you and your veterinarian to discuss any changes that you might have noticed. These visits also allow your veterinarian to detect subtle (or early) signs that you may not have noticed that could indicate cancer.

If your veterinarian determines that your pet has cancer, treatments similar to those in human medicine – surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation – are available. While a diagnosis of cancer can be upsetting, early detection is key to treating it.

Get in the habit of checking your pet regularly for the signs of cancer. Feel the skin for lumps or bumps and the lymph nodes for swelling. Pay attention to changes in appearance and behaviour. Knowledge is power – knowing the signs of cancer allows you and your veterinarian to take charge and take steps to provide the best chance for the best outcomes!

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Last updated: August 14, 2020

Dear Clients,

Thank you for choosing Seneca Animal Clinic for your pets' veterinary needs. As we continue to adjust to the "new normal," we have implemented new protocols to keep you and our team safe.

It is still preferred that you stay in your vehicle while we bring your pet in for their appointment. However, as of August 14, 2020, we will be allowing one client to accompany their pet during their visit for urgent, new puppy/kitten, or euthanasia appointments.

Should you choose to come in with your pet, we kindly ask that you comply with the following protocols:

  • Our doors will remain locked. Please call us at 416.494.1109 upon your arrival.
  • Face coverings must be worn to enter the clinic.
  • Physical distance with staff and other clients while inside the building.
  • Use hand santizing station upon entry.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • If you wish to wait in your vehicle during the appointment, when you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    NEW PET OWNERS

    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Wednesday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
    - Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    - Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    - Sunday: CLOSED

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Seneca Animal Clinic