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December 2019
06: Holiday Closures 2019
November 2019
13: Cases of Leptospirosis in the GTA
October 2019
02: OVC Pet Trust Fundraiser 2019
March 2019
07: The Threat of Tick-borne Diseases
February 2019
04: Important information from Hill’s Pet Nutrition about voluntarily recalled canned dog food:
January 2019
31: There is a difference
October 2018
19: Concerns regarding flea/tick medication side-effects, harmful grain-free diets and cannabis use in pets
15: Farley Foundation Fundraiser 2018
September 2018
17: Monthly Focus: Cancer Awareness - Lonestar's Story
August 2018
23: Bug bites and stings
July 2018
09: House-training your puppy
June 2018
21: Keeping Your Dog Safe This Summer
14: Happy 10th Anniversary, Westbridge Veterinary Hospital
April 2018
18: Congratulations friends of dogs and cats everywhere!
February 2018
28: Parasite Prevention
January 2018
11: Dental disease is a real and serious issue
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
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
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!

Holiday Closures 2019

Posted: 2019-12-06

We would like to inform our clients of our closures during the holiday season. In case of emergency please contact your nearest veterinary emergency hospital. We appreciate your understanding.

Holiday Season 2019

Tuesday December 24th:     CLOSED
Wednesday December 25th:     CLOSED
Thursday December 26th     CLOSED
Thursday December 27th     7:30 am – 7:00 pm| (resume normal hours)
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Tuesday December 31st 2018:     CLOSED
Wednesday January 1st 2019:     CLOSED
Thursday January 2nd 2019     7:30 am – 7:00 pm| (resume normal hours)

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

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Cases of Leptospirosis in the GTA

Posted: 2019-11-13

Westbridge Veterinary Hospital has received reports of leptospirosis cases from other veterinary hospitals in the GTA. We have compiled some information to help answer any questions you may have.

What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is an infectious disease of dogs and other mammals that primarily affects the liver and kidneys. It is caused by the bacteria Leptospira. Bacteria are passed in the urine of infected animals and can survive in the environment for long periods of time in moist soil or stagnant water. Wild animals including skunks, raccoons, opossums, rats, wolves, and deer, can all spread the infection. Leptospirosis is very rare in cats and is not generally associated with disease.

What happens once a dog is infected?

Dogs become infected through contact with urine from an infected animal, in the soil or in water – Leptospira can penetrate the soft lining of the nose, mouth, and eyelids, and can also enter the body through sores or scratches on the skin.
Once a dog has come in contact with Leptospirosis, the incubation period (time from infection to onset of clinical signs) is usually 4 to 12 days. Infected dogs will show a variety of symptoms, including lethargy, depression, fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, increased thirst, and increased urination. Some may develop jaundice (yellowing of the gums and the whites of the eyes). Some dogs show only mild symptoms and will recover, but infection can be life threatening.
Clinical leptospirosis causes damage to the liver and/or the kidneys, and can be fatal.

Note: Leptospirosis can be transmitted to people – owners of infected dogs should avoid contact with the dog’s urine, and wear gloves when cleaning any areas the dog has soiled. The organism is readily killed by household disinfectants or a dilute bleach solution

How common is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis has been found in southern Ontario, and cases are increasing, with numerous cases in dogs in the GTA this year.

Can Leptospirosis be treated?

Affected patients generally involves antibiotics and often hospitalisation. Treatment can be effective if the disease is diagnosed early, but the prognosis is guarded for severely infected dogs is guarded to poor. There are also potential longterm consequences of infection even if treatment is successful, such as chronic kidney disease.

Can Leptospirosis be prevented?

Yes – there is a vaccine available that protects against many (although not all) the strains of Leptospirosis. The vaccine is not considered a core vaccine, however at this time we are recommending the Leptospirosis vaccine to all our canine patients.

Additional Resources:

Pet Disease Report
Worms and Germs
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention



(information modified from Lifelearn)

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OVC Pet Trust Fundraiser 2019

Posted: 2019-10-02

It’s time again for our annual fundraiser! For those who may be new to Westbridge, every year we raise money in fun ways to donate to a worthy, pet-related cause. This year we will be contributing to the OVC Pet Trust by offering the delicious Friday Pie Day, an exciting raffle filled with prizes and much more!

OVC Pet Trust is Canada’s first charitable fund entirely dedicated to advancing the health and wellbeing of companion animals. The organization was founded out of necessity in 1986, when funding support was virtually non-existent for applied health investigation that benefited companion animals. Since then, OVC Pet Trust has raised millions of dollars through the generosity of friends and supporters like you. A focus of this fund is on cancer research, and the OVC Animal Cancer Centre.

Friday Pie Days are returning, sponsored by the famous Apple Factory of Brampton. Order a delicious pie in the flavour of your choice (apple, pumpkin, lemon meringue, coconut cream and many more!) for 22.00 dollars and come pick up your pie the following week. Want more? Order any three flavours for 60.00 dollars. YUM! See us at the reception desk for details or give us a call!

For a good cause you can try your luck with our raffle draw! Raffle tickets start at 5.00 dollars for a ticket or even better, 15.00 dollars for five tickets or 25.00 dollars for ten tickets! Ticket holders will be able to enter as many tickets as they purchase into any of the eight different prize package draws. Winners will be drawn November 1st and announced shortly after. Stop by the clinic to view all of the prizes to be won and get your tickets!

Westbridge Veterinary Hospital will also be donating any proceeds earned from nail trims towards this fund.
We thank you for participating and raising money for a wonderful cause. If you would like to learn more about The OVC Pet Trust please visit this link. “:https://ovc.uoguelph.ca/pettrust/help-pets-we-love-live-longer-healthier-lives



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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