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.

The Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers have long been known for their great personalities. Labs are suited well for a variety of jobs; they are great family pets, good hunting dogs and a lot of them are trained around guns because of this. Labs are great therapy dogs and guide dogs for the blind as well as medical alert dogs. Some labs are used for personal protection as well as they are normally very devoted to there two-legged parents. They are loyal and have a very friendly temperament.

The Labrador retrievers are known for their strong heavy body build and square shoulders. They have a very broad head and strong set to their jaw. Most often they have strong legs and shoulders, which makes them one of the faster breeds out there. A full-grown adult Labrador Retriever can weigh anywhere from 50 to 80 pounds. They have thick, straight, short coats, often their outer coat can be course, and they have a softer undercoat which is also very thick. The Labrador Retriever is almost completely waterproof with all those layers of coat. Labrador Retrievers have a very proud demeanour and friendly facial expressions; this allows new acquaintances and endures them to their human families.

Labrador Retrievers are very active, and they tend to be calm and obedient most of the time, although, like any other breed, this does take the proper training and daily exercise. Regular exercise is very important with Labrador Retrievers; they should be allowed to play and exercise on a daily basis. Retrieving and swimming are the Labrador retrievers’ favourite sports. Labrador retrievers are easy to get along with, and they normally get along well with other animals and children. Their good temperament does not make them a good candidate for doing guard dog work, as mentioned. They are great family and therapy dogs because of their friendly personalities.

Labrador Retrievers normally have a life span of 10 to 12 years. The following are some of the general health conditions that may be associated with the Labrador Retriever. Joint problems, allergies, ear problems, obesity, hip dysplasia, canine elbow and shoulder dysplasia. Labrador Retrievers have been known to suffer from entropion occasionally, exercise-induced collapse, and diabetes.

The care for Labrador Retrievers is generally quite simple, bathing them every few months and brushing them on a regular basis will keep their coast heathy and happy.

As with any pet, you should look at your family’s lifestyle, and research a number of breeds that you may be interested in before picking the one that will be the right fit for you and your family.

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.

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