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December 2012
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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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23: A Logical Approach to Unwanted Barking
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21: Wellness Examinations Help to Maintain Your Pets Health
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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!

An Update on Dr. Hylands

Posted: 2014-01-06

Dr. Bob Hylands, a Veterinarian at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital in Mississauga.Our family is starting on our fourth week of recovery since I went through triple bypass surgery in December. I want to thank everyone for the many letters of support and the kind words of encouragement that we have received during this time. They have all been truly appreciated. I also want to express my sincerest gratitude to the incredible staff of the Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga who gave me the invaluable gift of a new life over Christmas. Although it did not come in a package with colourful paper and a bow, being given a new lease on life is the best gift that I have ever received.

My cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Cutrara fits the label of “super hero”. What more could I ask for than a perfectionist and a compassionate human being when we entrusted my life to his care. I will forever be indebted to him. In a world where we are often treated like a cog in an assembly line, he had the talent of making us feel like we were the only people on the planet.

Lastly; but perhaps first and foremost, is our journey of faith. They say “He” works in mysterious ways; but for us during this time the way seemed less mysterious and more obviously direct. He has guided us every step of the way, always presenting the best course of action and the most talented and loving people along the way. There have been too many small miracles to simply call them coincidences. Everyone who cared for us has been wonderful. It has confirmed my opinion that most people are good out there when you give them a chance.

To those of you who have Dr. Buller as their veterinarian, let me tell you how blessed I am to be married to her. Simply put, it is only through her care and compassion that I have been able to go forward with this procedure. For those who refer to her as an angel I can only concur. I am the luckiest man in the world to call her my wife.

I am starting to feel stronger although it will be small steps at a time. I now realize how long it has been that I was afflicted with coronary disease. Looking back I can see how it was slowing me down in almost everything that I was doing.To my fellow friends over 50, I highly recommend a routine “Stress Test” for yourselves as it was the only abnormality that hinted at how serious the problem really was.

What I have learnt during the last few weeks is that I do not make a good Basset Hound. I am more like a Border collie. I am passing my obedience tests but am struggling at it. (We received a wonderful card that instructed me to “Sit!” “Stay!” “Heal!”) I miss caring for our clients and their pets and helping to solve their medical and surgical problems.

I feel truly blessed to live in Canada where we can get such great medical care and not incur huge debt. I am so grateful to be a veterinarian. I am also immensely grateful to have the best partners in Drs. Sonia Morin and Natalie Rosamund who have all stepped up to the plate in both my absence and Dr.Buller’s as she cared for me. And thank-you to all the wonderful co-workers who fielded questions and continued to allow the clinic to run smoothly during our absence. They are all the best!

Thank you to all of our clients for your loyalty during this time of unrest. Westbridge is a unique place of caring about those who entrust their loved ones to us. We live by it. So with that I leave you with these final words. Like my surgeon who I put my whole body and life in his skilled and gentle hands, when I return, my goal will continue to be to offer you a similar level of assurance that we as a group will always strive to protect for your family’s pet with the best and most compassionate care possible. No matter how good one might be, if you do not care you will never reach your full potential. This is true for all of us in every single action that we do. Together let’s make the world a better place. On that note and as Arnold has said too many times before; “I’ll be back”.

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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