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.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese mountain dogs were originally farm dogs. They helped out around the farm back in the day by pulling carts, helping farmers with livestock (driving them to the market or fields), and most of all, they were guard dogs for the farm. The Bernese mountain dog has a nickname of Berner.

These days the Bernese mountain dogs are a beloved companion and family dog and often found in the show ring. The Berners are known for their calm and patient temperament. If you are interested in adopting a Berner, you must be prepared to do lots of training and socialization once you bring your new furry family member home. Bernese Mountain dogs are adorable and cuddly puppies but be aware that they grow very quickly to their adult weight of approximately 70 to 120 pounds.

The Bernese mountain dog, or Berner, requires moderate daily exercise. He or she will need to be walked at a minimum of half an hour daily with frequent trips outside throughout the day. Bernese are very individual dogs, and the amount of exercise that they desire can vary. To keep your Bernese active and their mind healthy, you should involve them in dog sports such as agility, drafting, herding, obedience school, tracking and rally O. You will have to look at your Bernese’s build and temperament before deciding which one of these dog sports would best suit them most. If organized dog sports are not your thing, you could take your Bernese hiking, and you may want to look into getting him a canine backpack to carry their own water bottle and treats.

Bernese Mountain Dogs make great therapy dogs. They are the perfect height for standing by a bedside and being petted, they have a very mellow and gentle temperament as well, and most often love people, particularly children. If they do not have regular human contact, you will find that he or she will pine for companionship. They are often seen as outdoor companions, but when the family is home, the Bernese should be in the home with them.

Bernese Mountain dogs have the potential just like any other breed of dog to develop genetic health problems. When looking into breeders of Bernese mountain dogs, you should walk away from any breeder that does not offer a health guarantee with their puppies, or tells you that the breed is 100% healthy and has no known problems. The following is a list of problems that Bernese mountain dogs could develop over their lifespan:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Cataracts of the eyes
  • Retinal atrophy
  • Entropion and ectropion
  • Willebrand disease (bleeding disorder)
  • Unfortunately, it is often common for Bernese mountain dogs to develop malignant histiocytosis which is a fatal type of cancer.

Happy Bernese Mountain Dog looking. Once you adopt your Bernese, you should have a 72-hour health check done by your veterinarian to be sure that your puppy gets a clean bill of health at the time of adoption.

Written by Shannon Knox – Practice Manager



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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 Wednesday, March 18, 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 613-542-7337. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

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 - 6:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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. 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. We accept credit card and debit card.

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

7. 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 Kingston Veterinary Clinic