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.

Border Collie

Border Collie’s are typically black and white medium size breed. They measure anywhere from 18 to 22 inches at the shoulder when full grown, weigh anywhere from 30 to 45 pounds and a typical life span for a border collie is 12 to 16 years, they are from the herding group of dog breeds. Lots of people believe that border collies are one of the smartest breeds due to their ability to impose will depend on the sheep when herding, but be very careful though, as they may try to impose that will on you.

Border Collies are very smart, intense workaholics that aim to please; their focus is legendary. That being said, if they become bored, they can wreak havoc very quickly. Border Collies can be very good companions when paired with an owner that can keep them busy with doggy sports like Agility, Flyball, flying disc games, herding trials, obedience, and tracking. Teaching a border collie to do chores around the house or farm is another good way to keep them from getting bored and into mischief. Keep in mind that if you are thinking of getting a Border Collie, it takes a lot of time and patience to do the training that is necessary to keep both dog and owner happy and full filled.

Border Collies can be wary of strangers and are very loyal and protective. It is strongly recommended that you start to socialize your border collie early and frequently to avoid them becoming shy or aggressive in the presence of people that they do not know or recognize. Border collies can be highly sensitive to noise. They may develop anxiety to thunderstorms, for example, if not accustomed to loud and unexpected noises. Border collies are very good watchdogs and will alert you to anything out of the ordinary. Because they very alert watchdogs, they can have a tendency to be barkers, ensure that you teach your border collie appropriate barking behaviour when they are young. This will help in the future to keep them from becoming a nuisance.

Border Collies are known to be hearty and healthy dogs; however, they can be affected by some genetic diseases, the following are some of those diseases:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (Group od eye disorders ranging from Minor to Serious)
  • Epilepsy also may occur in the border collie breed

Border Collies have double coats that can be two different types. One type is short and smooth and can sometimes feather on the front legs. The second coat is known as a rough coat and is medium to long with hair that is flat or slightly wavy. Border Collies do require brushing once or twice weekly to help loosen and remove dead hair. It will also help keep their shedding to a minimum. Checking their ears weekly is recommended, cleaning with a generic ear cleaning when dirty. Check nails weekly and trim when long and not worn down, it is also recommended that you brush your border collies teeth at least once daily to keep teeth clean and breath smelling fresh.

Like any other pet, it is recommended that you take your border collie to your veterinarian for regular checkups, vaccinations and flea, tick and parasite prevention.

Written by: Shannon Knox, Clinic 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.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 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 can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Tuesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 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.

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.

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