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April 2018
18: Congratulations friends of dogs and cats everywhere!
March 2018
28: Good Friday 2018
February 2018
28: Parasite Prevention
15: Family Day 2018
January 2018
11: Dental disease is a real and serious issue
December 2017
05: Holiday Closures 2017
November 2017
01: Thank you for your support in the 2017 October Farley Foundation Fundraiser!
October 2017
03: Prizes and pie for our annual Farley Foundation Fundraiser!
September 2017
13: Keetah's Story
11: September is Cancer Awareness Month
August 2017
28: Labour Day 2017
10: What's that smell?!
July 2017
27: Clicker Training
24: Our Commitment to a Low Stress Environment
13: The threat of rabies in southwestern Ontario
07: Wildlife in the city
June 2017
21: Lyme Disease
March 2017
06: The Value Of Education
January 2017
17: 33 years of practice, the changes I have witnessed
December 2016
20: Holiday Closures
November 2016
28: 2016's October Farley Foundation Fundraiser was a huge success!
September 2016
20: Cajun's story
01: September is Cancer Awareness Month
July 2016
21: Cat Carriers
June 2016
29: Dog Park Etiquette
May 2016
31: Heartworm Q & A
12: Tick Troubles
March 2016
10: Anticipated tick bloom
February 2016
22: Introduction to TCVM – Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
January 2016
14: The difference dental care can make
December 2015
30: Raccoon Rabies reported in Hamilton, Ontario
08: Understanding Aging
November 2015
25: Our new, state of the art, Ultrasound machine
October 2015
09: Fun and Delicious Fundraising for the Farley Foundation
September 2015
23: Cancer Awareness Month: Texas' Story
14: September is Cancer Awareness Month
July 2015
28: Exciting news for our hospital!
June 2015
11: Mosquito Prevention
May 2015
08: Heartworm cases
April 2015
24: Changing your pet's food
March 2015
01: Veterinary Technician Specialties in Dentistry!
January 2015
13: January and February are Dental Education Months!
December 2014
18: The Internet at its Best
November 2014
28: Westbridge's Change of Hours
October 2014
07: October is Farley Month - Spa Day's, Paw Prints and Pies!
September 2014
22: Cancer Awareness Month - Ruby's Story
20: September is Cancer Awareness Month!
02: Ways to a Happy, Healthier Pet
July 2014
03: A New Way to Save Your Pet's Teeth!
June 2014
26: Veterinary Dentistry in San Diego!
March 2014
20: Happy Smiles
January 2014
22: The 15 Steps to Your Pet's Dental Cleaning!
15: January and February are Dental Months, and We Have a Contest to Celebrate!
09: Baby Teeth in Puppies and Kittens
06: An Update on Dr. Hylands
December 2013
27: Dentistry in New Orleans!
17: Wishing Dr. Hylands a Safe and Uneventful Recovery
13: The Holidays are Here!
04: A Potential Mandible Fracture - A Tale on Missing Teeth
October 2013
10: Fundraising for Farley
July 2013
11: Tried and True, For Humans Too!
June 2013
20: Therapeutic Laser's Beneficial Effects on Arthritis
12: Pet Education Day and Open House a Huge Success!
May 2013
25: 5th Annual Pet Education Day and Open House!
April 2013
29: We've Brought 'Light' into our Clinic!
March 2013
10: We're Constantly Learning!
February 2013
21: Small Dogs Require Big Dental Care!
08: Missing Teeth in Your Pets - Should You Be Worried?
January 2013
13: Periodontal (Dental) Disease in our Pets
December 2012
19: Senior Month - It's Not Just Old Age!
04: Senior Month - A Focus on Kidney Disease
November 2012
15: Farley Month a Huge Success!
October 2012
27: Possessive Aggression in our Dogs
22: Thinking of Breeding Your Dog? Here Are Some Things To Consider First
03: October is Farley Month!
September 2012
20: Litter Boxes - Everyone's Favourite Task!
August 2012
14: Exercising Your Pets in the Summer - Heat Stroke
June 2012
28: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging - Ultrasound Case Study
21: A Heartfelt "Thank You" for Attending our Pet Education Carnival!
19: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging - Ultrasonography
May 2012
23: A Logical Approach to Unwanted Barking
07: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use in Companion Animals
April 2012
21: Wellness Examinations Help to Maintain Your Pets Health
10: OVC Pet Trust Animal Cancer Centre Needs Your Help!
01: Heartworm Disease in Ontario
March 2012
19: A Dedication to a Great Man and an Dedicated Veterinarian
February 2012
06: Why Anesthesia-Free Dental Care is Wrong, Cruel, and Medically Inappropriate
January 2012
16: The Why's and What's of Dental X-ray
09: Cats Are a Unique Species, with Unique Dental Disease
05: Six Easy Steps to Brushing your Pets Teeth!
02: Dental Awareness Months!
December 2011
21: Chocolate... Good for you?
November 2011
11: Farley Month was a Huge Success!

Congratulations friends of dogs and cats everywhere!

Posted: 2018-04-18

Most responsible owners are ensuring their pets are well protected against parasites, ticks and fleas over the spring through fall season. Pets pick up fleas easily through contact with their canine friends in the park, or through wandering cats or wild animals who come into the yard. Coyotes in the park systems have been seen with signs of severe mange (a microscopic parasite that causes serious itching and hair loss). Ticks are found wherever there is grass or shrubbery and attach to passing pets.

And there are other diseases that are carried by the parasites when they invade. Lyme Disease is
carried by ticks. Heartworm is carried by the common mosquito. With generally warmer climates we see
more and more of the parasites in Ontario that we thought were confined to the USA.

The good news is that it is not too late to keep your dog or cat free of these pests. Protection against
ticks and fleas is recommended from March right through November and there are simple once every
three month, or once a month, oral chewable tablets. There are topicals that involve a small amount of
solution applied to the skin over the neck and foil heartworm. Prevention is simple. Treatment of these
conditions can be frustrating, expensive and potentially life threatening.

So Congratulations if your dogs and cats are protected! Ask us if not. We are happy to advise you on a
program that is best suited to you and your pet.



This blog entry was written by Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, an animal clinic (vet hospital) in Mississauga dedicated to providing high quality, modern veterinary care to our beloved pets and their families.

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Good Friday 2018

Posted: 2018-03-28

We would like to inform our clients that we will be closed for Good Friday on March 30th 2018. In case of emergency please contact your nearest veterinary emergency hospital. We appreciate your understanding.

Good Friday 2018

Friday March 30th:     CLOSED
Saturday March 31st:     8:00 am – 1:00 pm|
Sunday April 1st:     CLOSED
Monday April 2nd:     7:30 am – 7:00 pm| (resume normal hours)

We wish you all a safe and happy long weekend.

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Parasite Prevention

Posted: 2018-02-28

Did you know that as the temperature rises over 4 degrees Celsius, Ticks can become active? These
parasites live anywhere where there are grasses and attach to your pet (both dogs and cats) to feed. As they swell, they can transfer Lyme Disease and other conditions to your pet. And they can be carried inside of your home where ticks can be a risk of Lyme Disease to you!

Last year at our hospital we removed over 50 ticks from different animals over the season. They started making their appearance as early as the end of February. We continued to see them right through until late fall. Both the 2016 and the 2017 seasons were surprisingly more of a problem than we have seen in the past.

Prevention is the key.

There is an oral treatment that can be given once every three months that prevents ticks and fleas on
your canine friend. It is simple and effective. For cats, the treatment is placed topically and is good for
three months for fleas, and two months for ticks.

There are some important things to know; one is that coverage should be in place for the entire spring,
summer, fall season in order for your pet to be protected, and secondly, that this product does not
protect against heartworm in dogs. We do recommend both a tick protection and a heartworm
protection if your pet goes outside. See our next blog for more information about parasite prevention in
your pet.



This blog entry was written by Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, an animal clinic (vet hospital) in Mississauga dedicated to providing high quality, modern veterinary care to our beloved pets and their families.

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