Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment to see a veterinarian?
Yes. Our consultations are by appointment only. However, in an emergency, call us at
Can a veterinarian vaccinate my pet without a consultation?
No. To administer treatment to your pet, a veterinarian in Quebec absolutely must have conducted a physical examination beforehand to make sure your pet is healthy and shows no symptoms of disease.
Should my pet be vaccinated in order to accompany me on a trip abroad?
Before traveling abroad with your pet, check with government agencies and airlines for requirements regarding the microchip ID and vaccinations in your destination country.
Can I visit my pet in the hospital?
Absolutely! It will do your pet the greatest good to be petted a little during its hospitalization. You can visit during our opening hours.
Is anyone caring for my hospitalized or boarding pet on Saturday nights and Sundays?
Yes! Although we do not accept appointments outside office hours, rest assured that our team will take good care of your pets even while the clinic is closed.
After surgery, how long will it be before my pet can come home?
It all depends on the intervention. To have a clear answer to this question, please contact us. We will always call you by phone when the surgery is over and when your pet is awake.
Who should I call in case of emergency when Clinique Vétérinaire Jarry is closed?
There are three veterinary centres in the Greater Montreal area that are open round the clock, 7 days a week, that can help you during emergencies outside our business hours:
Can pets suffer from allergies?
Yes. Pets can suffer from several types of allergies that cause them to scratch and lick their skin excessively, which could lead to infection. It is important to consult with your veterinarian to determine if your pet's symptoms are due to allergies or other skin conditions, such as ringworm.
Food allergies: your veterinarian will recommend a hypoallergenic food.
Seasonal allergies: Your veterinarian can prescribe medication to combat pollen allergies, which are most common from May to September.
Allergies to dust mites: a dermatology specialist can perform tests and administer desensitization vaccines.
Is it serious if my pet swallows a small object?
Everything depends on the case. Pets are very curious and often swallow objects left on the ground, and cats love string. These foreign objects can block or perforate your pet’s gastrointestinal system and cause loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain and sometimes diarrhea. If you suspect your pet has ingested a foreign object, call us. We will recommend solutions, but in most cases your pet will need to have an x-ray and surgery. The best solution is prevention: put away any small objects that could be swallowed by an animal and, as much as possible, keep an eye on your pet during play.
Can I give human medicine to my pet?
No. You will endanger your pet by administering non-prescribed drugs. Aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin®), for example, are toxic to cats. Using dog medicines on cats and vice versa can also be harmful to your pet.
Which common foods are the most hazardous or toxic for my pet?
Alcohol, caffeine, tea, soft drinks and tobacco
Grapes and avocados
Fruit seeds and pits, mustard seed
Garlic, onions and mushrooms
Tomato, potato and rhubarb leaves and stems
Xylitol (contained in gum, toothpaste and sugar-free products)
Milk and dairy products
Raw meat, raw eggs, raw fish and large amounts of liver
Fatty and fried foods
This list is not exhaustive. Some plants and flowers are also poisonous. Visit the Pet Poison Helpline website for a detailed list of substances that can be toxic to your pet.
Can animals become obese?
Yes. Obesity is caused by overeating and lack of physical exercise; it is even considered a disease. It can cause severe health problems such as arthritis, difficulty breathing, heart problems and diabetes. Your pet may even develop urinary tract infections if its girth is preventing it from properly cleaning itself. Your veterinarian can determine the ideal weight for your pet and recommend an appropriate food and the daily amount to give to your pet. Do not wait until your animal develops health problems before acting!