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New puppy, need recs for vet, groomer and classes!

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New puppy, need recs for vet, groomer and classes!

I recently brought home a shihtzu puppy and she'll be due her 2nd set of vaccines by the 3rd week of August. I also moved to Scarborough right before the whole pandemic started so I haven't really had the chance to get chatty with neighbours who own dogs either. I've read a ton of google reviews on a few nearby places and have a couple that I am considering: Chartwell Veterinary Clinic, Bridletowne Warden Animal Hospital, Markham Road Animal Hospital... was wondering if anyone else goes to them and has any opinion or if they have a better vet clinic to recommend? I am in Warden/Finch area but I can drive farther if needed.

Also, I'm wondering about training classes. I am pretty much considering Petsmart's (at kennedy commons) puppy classes. I figured it would be a good place for her to meet some other puppy friends.
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I wouldn't enroll my puppy for training at Petsmart. Note that I did in desperation due to timing etc. That was several years ago and maybe things have changed but according to those in the "know" they haven't. You might luck out and get a good trainer. For socialization it is "okay". Whichever vet you decide on probably has a list they recommend because most vets have dogs. However, you will have to be comfortable with the style of the trainer. We tend to avoid those who are considered "harsh".

I do not know anything about the vets you recommended. However, with COVID-19 things can get dicey. Maybe check out how they operated (if they did) during the first wave. Some vets only were open for food and medication refills 2 days a week - and had a closed door policy as did and do vets in Ontario. And they did not take new patients.

Our vet clinic was thankfully open but with severely reduced hours - but it was open, including Saturdays. It had a locked door policy and most vets are still operating that way. You drop your dog at the door.

It would be very helpful for you to know which Emergency Hospital to take your pup to should your vet be closed. We went to the VEC on McMurrich St. in Toronto (they provide 24 hours emergency care, but again with a closed to the public - but not your pup - policy). If your dog needs a specialist (that is why we went to the VEC) many work out of there and appointments are made by a designated person.

Our groomer was Tails Up on Bayview just south of Eglinton. It was out of the way for us, but it worked - it is in the same building as Leaside Animal Clinic, which did provide us with a great deal of comfort. Tails Up did an excellent job on our double coated white fluffo and they do not affix your dog to the table by way of a strap to the neck. I am against this - others aren't but we all have differing opinions.

Tails Up is closed on Sat. during the summer, but once Sept. comes they are open and are closed on Monday.
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I would recommend Chartwell Vet Clinic by Brimley/Huntingwood, they were great whenever I brought my dog there. Price wasn't too bad too.
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My puppy goes to Animal Creek Animal Hospital. Highly recommend Dr. Augustin, their prices are very reasonable and he's great
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Congratulations on your new furry family member!

I know owners who have sent their puppies to Puppy Power Dog Training with great results in their boarding and training program. Consistency and repetition by owners is also fundamental to the success of any training program. http://www.puppypowerdogtraining.com/

'You can also ask your vet for training recommendations.

Good Luck!
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vickyvictoria wrote: Congratulations on your new furry family member!

I know owners who have sent their puppies to Puppy Power Dog Training with great results in their boarding and training program. Consistency and repetition by owners is also fundamental to the success of any training program. http://www.puppypowerdogtraining.com/

'You can also ask your vet for training recommendations.

Good Luck!
I looked at their website and they seem great, but then I looked up where they are located and it's over 1.5 hours on hwy for me, a little bit too far. Thanks for the recommendation though!
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DealCanuck wrote: Not sure how it is now with the pandemic, but I used to take mine to Mccowan animal clinic

McCowan Animal Clinic
1599 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough, ON M1P 2Y3
(416) 438-6092
https://goo.gl/maps/qVYzqmwDW2fMhimE8
Yes, the pandemic is a real issue. I pass by 2 vet clinics (not ones that I took our dog to) and both have very limited hours, a locked door policy, no new customers etc. And it will only get worse. The fact that the OPs dog is young helps, but depending on what life throws at you it is a cr@p shoot.

Our vet clinic has a locked door policy but at least they were open with reduced hours every day. Hours have been slightly increased but with a locked door policy. Meds are left outside on a chair - you phone when you arrive or wave in the window - after being told that your med refills are ready.

I would call and ask - starting with if they are taking new patients and what I should expect. To the OP I would watch reviews - frequently they are written by disgruntled people and are not true. Other times they are. I know that our dog was very well taken care of medically (as well as his excellent grooming) because people used to ask us all the time where we went.

As to pet insurance, yes we had it. Now is the time to sign up if you want it - it would help to know the actual cost of procedures to save your pup's life. Nothing shocks me anymore, but I have seen people just about faint.
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Blanche123 wrote: Yes, the pandemic is a real issue. I pass by 2 vet clinics (not ones that I took our dog to) and both have very limited hours, a locked door policy, no new customers etc. And it will only get worse. The fact that the OPs dog is young helps, but depending on what life throws at you it is a cr@p shoot.

Our vet clinic has a locked door policy but at least they were open with reduced hours every day. Hours have been slightly increased but with a locked door policy. Meds are left outside on a chair - you phone when you arrive or wave in the window - after being told that your med refills are ready.

I would call and ask - starting with if they are taking new patients and what I should expect. To the OP I would watch reviews - frequently they are written by disgruntled people and are not true. Other times they are. I know that our dog was very well taken care of medically (as well as his excellent grooming) because people used to ask us all the time where we went.

As to pet insurance, yes we had it. Now is the time to sign up if you want it - it would help to know the actual cost of procedures to save your pup's life. Nothing shocks me anymore, but I have seen people just about faint.
Many bad reviews are very real, my dog was put in a lot of pain because the idiot decided to take out all her teeth. She can only eat wet food now.

Example:


https://www.yelp.ca/biz/major-mackenzie ... rce=ishare

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