December 2013 Newsletter: Holiday Hours, Cold Weather Tips, Stocking Stuffers, A Happy Holiday Story, and more.
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A dog peeking out of a holiday wreath.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Blue Cross Animal Hospital!

We wish you and your family, both four-legged and two, all the best for the holiday season, and a safe and happy new year.

Our Holiday Hours:

Tuesday, December 24th 8am-1pm
Wednesday, December 25th Closed
Thursday, December 26th 10am-2pm Drop-in
Tuesday, December 31st 8am-4pm
Wednesday, January 1st Closed

Webstore Holiday Hours:

Webstore orders must be placed by December 18th, in order to be received by Christmas. Also, please note there will be no webstore order processing or shipping December 24th-26th, 2013 or December 31st, 2013 to January 1st, 2014.

A West Highland Terrier in the snow.

Cold Weather Tips

If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your pet.

Even though winter doesn't officially arrive until Saturday, we've definitely had a preview in the last few days. With the cold and snow, some extra thought is required to keep your four-legged friends safe and comfortable. We've put together a list of tips on dress, hazards and how to recognize the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite:
It's Cooold Outside...

Looking for a last minute gift?

We've got perfect choices for pets and those who love them.

For the canine set, we recommend one of our stylish Blue Cross Animal Hospital Bandanas. Only $5.00, they're available in the hospital and the proceeds go to support the Pet Trust. For the pet-lover on your list, we've got gift certificates. Available in $25 and $50 denominations, these can be redeemed at Blue Cross Animal Hospital Toronto for any goods or services we provide.

Of course, our Webstore has a great selection of toys and treats for all the cats and dogs in your life. Place your webstore order by December 18th in order to get delivery before the holidays. Get free home delivery on pet products (non-prescription) over $75. Go to the webstore.

Hercules sporting a BCAH bandana
Hercules stylin' a Blue Cross Animal Hospital Bandana.
A Blue Cross Animal Hospital Gift Certificate.
Blue Cross Animal Hospital Gift Certificates are a great idea at any time of year.

Did You Know?

There is evidence that dogs have been domesticated for over 30,000 years. Cats have likely been domesticated for about 9,500 years.

A Happy Story for the Holidays

On December 9th, we became aware of the plight of Snowball and Caesar, and decided to get involved. These elderly cats were in a pretty bad way, living with owners who weren't able to properly care for them, and needing medical treatment. Snowball's claws had grown so long that they had grown into his paws and were encrusted with litter. Three great rescue organizations were involved in publicizing Snowball and Caesar's plight, removing them from their terrible situation and bringing them to Blue Cross Animal Hospital for assessment and treatment. Amazingly enough, a wonderful new owner stepped forward to adopt the pair, and by December 13th, Snowball and Caesar were on their way to a forever home. If you want to learn more about the story of Snowball and Caesar, as well as the other fantastic, caring work done by these rescue groups, read more on their Facebook Pages:
The Panda Project
Toronto Street Cats Spay Neuter Cinic
Stray Cat Struttin

Sporting his new red mittens after having his paws cleaned up, Snowball is tempted by some well-deserved treats.
Snowball with his paws in red bandages.
Fromm Family Food bags.

Product Announcement: We've got Fromm Family Foods

After careful consideration, and an extensive review, we are pleased to announce that we are carrying Fromm Family foods in the hospital and on the Webstore. Learn more on our blog about the criteria we consider before we carry a pet food.
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