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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
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17: Monthly Focus: Cancer Awareness - Lonestar's Story
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09: House-training your puppy
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21: Keeping Your Dog Safe This Summer
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November 2017
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October 2017
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September 2017
13: Keetah's Story
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07: Wildlife in the city
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21: Lyme Disease
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06: The Value Of Education
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17: 33 years of practice, the changes I have witnessed
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28: 2016's October Farley Foundation Fundraiser was a huge success!
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20: Cajun's story
01: September is Cancer Awareness Month
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21: Cat Carriers
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29: Dog Park Etiquette
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31: Heartworm Q & A
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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
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09: Fun and Delicious Fundraising for the Farley Foundation
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23: Cancer Awareness Month: Texas' Story
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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
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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!

33 years of practice, the changes I have witnessed

Posted: 2017-01-17

It all started over 30 years ago, in a mixed animal practice north of Toronto near Caledon. My first patients were either family pets or prized equine athletes. Driving in a small jeep at all times of the day (and night) in the snow belt area between both Orangeville and Newmarket gave me a true appreciation that illness does not abide by the clock.

Move forward ten years and my wife, veterinarian Dr. Cathy Buller, and I opened one of the first 24-hour veterinary hospital facilities in the country. We became among the very first to introduce the use of IV pumps for small animals and to properly administer fluids. This was soon followed by the introduction of ultrasonography for our patients and then “Doppler” studies which were rare at the time, yet further improved gentle diagnosis. Next CT scanning was added to that facility. We often joke that this piece of diagnostic equipment was far better than a new sports car for my mid-life crisis. It was a huge venture for a small animal clinic, and one of the first of its kind within all the country. We were on the leading edge of performing and interpreting ultrasound and spiral CT protocols and studies.

At the time each field of veterinary medicine was undergoing exponential changes as new methods developed. Staying current became a real challenge given that we were often leading the way. With the pressures and very long hours of daily practice came illness and physical strain. Intermittent vertigo occurred that affected me for several years, followed quickly on its heels by triple by-pass surgery. It was clear that we were not superheroes. The practice of over 40 employees was sold to our associates and we moved back to our roots of caring and personalized patient care. That is what Westbridge Veterinary Hospital is all about. Thirty-three years brings with it a lot of experience. Most of it when accompanied with the best equipment available means that the right diagnosis is obtained with minimal discomfort to the pet. Laser surgery allows for many successful procedures that would never have been attempted even fifteen years ago. The expertise that we have in ultrasound scanning makes our hospital tops in its field. I now teach our knowledge across the country through targeted seminars and around the world through VIN; the Veterinary Information Network. Yes, this little hospital is much more then it seems. Within the last decade when so much of the world seemed more and more pre-occupied with your wallet, many facilities followed the lead. The “calling” to become a veterinarian sadly often became just another form of business. The measure of the success of a clinic became how profitable it was instead of how many people and their pets that it has helped. Thankfully the four partners at Westbridge committed to staying with more original values. A business built on trust and integrity is still the best foundation. We still believe that doing the right thing is the best for our clients and their pets. Our profession has certainly changed, in some ways to its detriment, but we know that experience, caring and respect for clients and their pets improves our skills, and us, with each passing day.

It is truly an honor to help our clients in their time of need. We understand the enormous responsibility put upon us when their loved pets are placed in our care. We also know that this trust needs to be earned and never abused. Pets cannot speak on their own behalf. They cannot tell you when they were not taken care of with compassion, competence and respect. They cannot inform you if the veterinary team gave them their very best. We can only hopefully convey this level of care through our actions. In 33 years of practice, I still feel that we are among the luckiest people in the world to be blessed with the ability to practice veterinary medicine. We are all God’s children, four legged or not. What a privilege it has been to serve His family honorably.

– Dr. Bob

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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