Summertime with Our Pets

Well, summer is almost here, and that means hot, sunny days and fun trips with the family. Getting outside with our pets and enjoying the days of summer can be a great experience. More and more pets are joining their owners on vacation as well. With a little planning and foresight, your summer with your pet can be fun-filled and enjoyable.

Travelling with your pet
Before you head off on that well-deserved vacation, start with a trip to your veterinarian to make sure all vaccines are up to date and that you have your pet’s current records in case you are stopped at border crossings. If your pet is on any medications (including parasite preventatives) make sure you have enough to last you until you get home. Your veterinarian is a great resource and may suggest additional precautions for your pet depending on your destination.

Your pet should travel in a well – ventilated crate or carrier. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. If your dog is riding on the seat, they should be wearing a harness and safety belt. Cats should always be kept in their carriers. Frequent stops for a snack and water, bathroom break, and a bit of exercise will make the trip more enjoyable for everyone.

Proper I.D.
Making sure your pet has an up to date, legible id tag is important. The warm weather means pets start to wander and explore and once in a while; a pet will find themselves lost. A current I.D. tag will go a long way getting your furry friend back home.

Heat Stroke
A condition that can be lethal if not treated immediately. Animals left in vehicles, exercised too vigorously, or outside without shade to lie under are at risk. Signs to look for are hard panting, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and a rapid heart rate. If you suspect that your pet has heatstroke, see your veterinarian immediately!

If you are planning a vacation with your pet and we haven’t seen your pet this spring, call us now and book your pet’s pre-travel check, and have a great vacation!

Written by: Talbot Animal Clinic



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Dear Clients,

We are happy to announce that we are transitioning to an open-door policy! We can now welcome maximum 2 pet parents per appointment into the clinic with their pets. Our top priority here at Elgin Animal Hospital is the ongoing health and safety of our clients, their pets, and our dedicated team members that serve you and the community.

Here is what you can expect at your next visit:


  • Masks are still required when interacting with our team, and we encourage social distancing whenever possible.
  • Up to 2 pet parents are welcome to be in the clinic with their pet during the appointment.

  • No need to call when you arrive, just come in!
  • We also ask that you please call in our pet's medication & food refills 3-5 days in advance as we are experiencing some shipment delays once again
  • If you are not feeling well in any way, or if you have interacted with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 we ask that you stay isolated and do not visit us at the clinic. If your pet needs lifesaving medical attention, please have a family member or friend bring in your pet.


    To ensure all of our patients and clients get the best care possible, please let us know if you cannot make the appointment. All no-shows will be recorded and clients with multiple no-shows may be asked for a deposit before making future appointments. We understand that unforeseen circumstances and emergencies arise. A simple phone call before your scheduled appointment is all that is required - 24 hours notice preferred. This will allow us to offer that spot to a pet in need.


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


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
    - Wednesday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    - Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

    Our procedures are being continually updated. Please follow our social media pages for updates. We appreciate your patience as we continue to safely provide care for your pets!

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (519) 633-5970. Please be kind, we're all in this together.

    - Your dedicated team at Talbot Animal Clinic