Between school, extracurriculars, appointments, and playdates, parents have a lot to juggle. However, for many households, the definition of being a mother or father often is not limited to nurturing children, but also includes their dear pets. This month, we at Neighbourhood Pet Clinic want to say thank you on behalf of your furry family members!

We know that as a parent, you want to make sure that your children live healthy lives. You read ingredient lists and try to help them develop healthy habits towards food and exercise. As a pet parent, you have the added responsibilities of trying to decipher the best diets for your furry family member’s needs as well as ensuring they receive adequate play and walks.

We also recognize that being a “mom” or “dad” to a pet also means double the clean-up, vaccine appointments, emergency visits, hair cuts, and for many, even trips to daycare. You understand your pets’ physical and social needs, so you spend hours diligently investigating pet insurance and carefully reading reviews to choose a groomer, veterinarian, or pet sitter to trust with a furry piece of your heart. For those who choose Neighbourhood Pet Clinic for these services, we know how big of a decision this is and are honoured to provide you with this care.

Additionally, we are thankful for those who not only dedicate so much of their lives caring for their pets, but also include them in their estate planning. We have seen how much it helps a family to set aside a guardian and financial plan for their pets, so there is no question as to how they will be cared for after you are gone.

Just like children, our cats and dogs may not recognize just how much work goes into giving them the best lives possible, but they do know one thing: their love for you!

These furry family members can’t make a Mother’s Day card to show their appreciation, but they reward us in so many other ways. In addition to the companionship, love, entertainment, and health benefits, caring for a pet truly makes a family stronger through shared lessons of empathy and responsibility.

This Mothers Day, enjoy the puppy kisses, purrs, and wagging tails, and know that you are deeply loved!

Dr. I. Wonder is here to answer your questions regarding your furry family members. If you have a question, email it to us at  Our team at Neighbourhood Pet Clinic will tap into their collective experience to answer your various questions.