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.
Nicole was working as a technical assistant in rural northern Alberta. She was helping get a catheter into a pretty frisky cat for surgery, there was a miscommunication between her and the technician, and she ended up getting bit in the finger. The bite went into the tendon of her finger and began to swell immediately. She began to feel nauseous; she was hot and cold and felt achy all over. If she had left it untreated, she would have lost her finger, and possibly her hand! 13 hours after she got bit she went into surgery. They took samples from her finger to do a bacterial culture test, and what usually grows in a few days grew in only a few hours. The doctor cut open her finger to relieve the swelling. Once the swelling went down, they sutured her finger back up. However, that wasn’t the end of the story for her, because the bacteria in a cat’s mouth is so dirty she had to get IV antibiotics and required a SECOND surgery because the swelling in her finger would not go down. She stayed in the hospital for five days, once she got out she had to go back to the hospital for two weeks and get IV antibiotics every day. Now not every cat but will do this, and every person will react differently to cat bites, but ALL cat bites should be taken seriously! Why are cat bites so dangerous? A cat can be very harmful because when they puncture your skin, their teeth barb under your skin and leave a very small opening for the bacteria to get out.
So what should you do if you get bit?
Make the bite bleed, as weird as it sounds you want to make yourself bleed to help push all the bacteria out of the bite wound
Wash very well with antibacterial soap or sea salt
Take yourself to a walk-in clinic or hospital, and they will assess if you need antibiotics, it is important to take this step because you never know what will happen, it could take days or just minutes for your body to react to a bite.
If your pet gets bit by a feisty feline, you should take them in to see your vet, because cat bites can lead to abscesses, infections and many other things. The moral of this story is, you should take every bite seriously, no matter how small it may seem.
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 780-539-0636. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
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. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, please visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
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 Animal Medical Centre North