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01: Thank you for your support in the 2017 October Farley Foundation Fundraiser!
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27: Dentistry in New Orleans!
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15: Farley Month a Huge Success!
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27: Possessive Aggression in our Dogs
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14: Exercising Your Pets in the Summer - Heat Stroke
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28: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging - Ultrasound Case Study
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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
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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!
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21: Chocolate... Good for you?
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11: Farley Month was a Huge Success!

Thank you for your support in the 2017 October Farley Foundation Fundraiser!

Posted: 2017-11-01

A huge “THANK YOU” to our sponsors, clients and patients for making our 2017’s October Farley Foundation Fundraiser a great success. Congratulations to the winners of our Farley Raffle and thank you to everyone who donated and ordered delicious pie from the Brampton Apple Factory. Thank you to our generous sponsors: We couldn’t have done it without you!

With your generous donations, we managed to raise over 3800.00 dollars for pets in need! This is a new Westbridge record!

We hope you will continue to support this wonderful cause next October!

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Prizes and pie for our annual Farley Foundation Fundraiser!

Posted: 2017-10-03

The smell of fresh pie, fantastic prizes to be won, and all for a great cause? This means it’s our annual Farley Foundation Fundraiser! The Farley Foundation is a non-profit organization managed by our Ontario Veterinary Medical Association that gives financial assistance to pet owners on social assistance. This year, for the month of October, Westbridge is proud to offer our Farley Raffle, and our very popular Friday Pie Day in support of this organization.

Try your luck for a good cause with our Farley Raffle draw! We have a massive line-up of prizes this year. Prizes range from 50.00 dollars to 400.00 dollars retail value and contain items for dogs, cats and people, too. 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 eleven 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!

You and your dog could be the lucky winner of one of two Farley Spa packages in our raffle! A Spa Day consists of a bath, blow dry and brush along with an ear cleaning, manicure and pedicure. All this AND professional photos taken of your pet by our double threat Animal Care Attendant and photographer, Karen Dunlop.

We also have Paw Prints available for a minimum donation of only 2.00 dollars. Choose the paw print of your choice and decorate it with your furry friend’s name so we can proudly display it in our clinic! Bring your pet in for a nail trim during the month of October and funds will be donated to the Farley Foundation.

And finally, returning by popular demand, Friday Pie Day! 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 20.00 dollars and come pick up your pie the following week! YUM! See us at the reception desk for details or give us a call!

We thank you for participating and raising money for a wonderful cause. If you would like to learn more about The Farley Foundation, please visit The Farley Foundation Website.

With our sincere appreciation,
The Team at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital

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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Keetah's Story

Posted: 2017-09-13

Keetah, the mischievous Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a sterling example of a cancer fighter. Her initial diagnosis came as a surprise: Keetah was cuddling on the couch when her owner, Ashley, happened to notice her lymph nodes seemed a bit larger. Keetah was acting completely normal and had no other concerning symptoms. She was brought into the clinic the following day and on Sept 30th, 2010, Keetah was diagnosed with Lymphoma at 7 years of age. To give her the best fighting chance, chemotherapy treatments were started immediately. Keetah’s treatment was 25 weeks in length: 9 weeks of treatment every week, then every other week for an additional 16 weeks. The treatments were successful and Keetah’s cancer went into remission.

Just over 3 years later, Dec 9, 2013, Keetah returned to Westbridge with enlarged lymph nodes. Her cancer had returned. At 10 years old, Keetah was starting her second battle with cancer. The same chemotherapy protocol was used except for one drug; This drug could not be used as Keetah had already received her maximum lifetime dose after her first treatment in 2010. Keetah beat the odds and her cancer went into remission again.

Seven months after finishing her second round of chemotherapy, Keetah was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. This was fairly atypical for her, and despite antibiotic treatments, her UTI persisted. A week later, Keetah was now unable to urinate and an ultrasound was performed to investigate the cause. At that time, a bladder mass was observed on ultrasound. Keetah’s cancer had returned and this time was spreading. For a third time, in January 2015, Keetah started chemotherapy treatment. After 14 weeks of fighting, Keetah was experiencing seizure activity and unable to continue her treatment.

The following weeks were heartbreaking for Ashley as the seizures slowly worsened. Ashley made the very difficult decision to let Keetah pass over to the Rainbow Bridge on April 24th 2015. She left with the wonderful memories of a delicious bacon and sausage breakfast, a final romp in the park, a cheeseburger snack and being surrounded by her family and friends as she said farewell. Both Ashley and Keetah are an inspiration to all owners and dogs effected by canine cancer.

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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