It's the holiday season!
With the holidays coming up, below are the changes to our schedule for the next few weeks:
Staff meeting and important holiday gift giving December 22nd- We will be closing at 4pm.
CLOSED December 24-26th for Christmas
Closing early December 30th at 4pm.
CLOSED December 31st-January 1st for New Years
If your pet needs emergency attention over the holidays:
Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital at 603-433-0056 (dogs and cats)
Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care at 603-433-7387 (dogs and cats)
Maine Veterinary Medical Center at 207-885-1290 (dogs, cats, sometimes exotics, call ahead)
Bulger Veterinary Hospital at 978-682-9905 (dogs, cats, exotics)
Please have a safe and happy holiday season!
Dr. Emmons here again today to tell you another update. Dr. Thomas has moved on to explore other career opportunities, we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
What does this mean?
Well, the big thing is that I do not have sufficient training in treating exotic pets. Being a vet, we have an extensive education in so many species, and unfortunately exotics is not an area I'm well versed in these days. In the best interest of our exotic friends, we are recommending they be seen by other local veterinary practices with more comfort and skill level. This is a decision that breaks our heart as we all really love the diversity that seeing these guys brings, and we've come to really know and love so many of our exotics clients and patients. Please let us know if you need recommendations, and we can send your records to you or your new veterinarian.
It also means that it's just me seeing all appointments currently so until we can find full time help we will still not be accepting new clients at this time other than for behavior consults. We might have you drop your pets off for exams if they're sick to allow me time to take a look at them if we're booked up. We might be booking out a couple of weeks for wellness exams and a couple months for procedures. We will have some days where we do not have a doctor on site if I have to be out of the office but we will be sure to keep you all informed. We appreciate your patience and trust in us, and we are working to find another veterinarian to help lighten my load so we can start to see more and more of you back, and maybe see exotics again!
Dr. Shannon Emmons
We wanted to share an update that right now we are not going to be accepting new clients. This is a decision we have toyed with for months at this point as we continue to grow and things keep getting busier. We are making this decision in light of caring for our current clients and making sure we can meet their needs. We are still accepting patients for behavioral consultations with Dr. Emmons, but are not seeing new patients for wellness at this time. Thank you for your understanding and we will keep you posted with any updates.
Eliot Veterinary Hospital
We've had a lot of questions and concerns recently in regards to the recent respiratory disease outbreak that's been going on locally. It seems to have started in New Hampshire though we have been seeing an increase in dogs with kennel cough like symptoms (coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, eye discharge) as well. We've been testing our patients as we see them and so far none of them are testing positive for the common causes of "kennel cough" such as bordetella and influenza. Hopefully in the near future we will have more information on what's causing it but what we do know right now:
It seems to be fairly contagious. It's affecting dogs who don't go to high traffic areas such as daycares, dog parks etc but is spreading quickly through those settings as well.
It seems to be mild and self limiting for dogs that are vaccinated against kennel cough.
It has been reported to be causing pneumonia, however we have fortunately not seen any cases.
Precautions we are taking:
If your pet is showing any of these signs we will have you wait in your car until a staff member is available to take you directly into a room with your pet.
Our staff will be wearing personal protective equipment to minimize the spread in our hospital.
All rooms are sanitized after coming into contact with potentially infected dogs.
We will keep you updated as we get more information but for now, monitor your dogs and be cautious about bringing them to dogs parks, daycare etc. Like COVID, if your pet is showing symptoms please do not allow them to come in contact with any other dogs.
Eliot Veterinary Hospital