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14: The difference dental care can make
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30: Raccoon Rabies reported in Hamilton, Ontario
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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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28: Exciting news for our hospital!
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08: Heartworm cases
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24: Changing your pet's food
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01: Veterinary Technician Specialties in Dentistry!
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December 2014
18: The Internet at its Best
November 2014
28: Westbridge's Change of Hours
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22: Cancer Awareness Month - Ruby's Story
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03: A New Way to Save Your Pet's Teeth!
June 2014
26: Veterinary Dentistry in San Diego!
March 2014
20: Happy Smiles
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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
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10: Fundraising for Farley
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11: Tried and True, For Humans Too!
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20: Therapeutic Laser's Beneficial Effects on Arthritis
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25: 5th Annual Pet Education Day and Open House!
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29: We've Brought 'Light' into our Clinic!
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10: We're Constantly Learning!
February 2013
21: Small Dogs Require Big Dental Care!
08: Missing Teeth in Your Pets - Should You Be Worried?
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13: Periodontal (Dental) Disease in our Pets
December 2012
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November 2012
15: Farley Month a Huge Success!
October 2012
27: Possessive Aggression in our Dogs
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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!

The Internet at its Best

Posted: 2014-12-18

Thinkstock One of the most useful tools available to veterinarians today is a website called VIN; short for “Veterinary Information Network”. Through the click of a mouse, this wonderful website offers access to a full library of veterinary journal abstracts, and symposiums and conference proceedings published in the last decade. It also has weekly seminars on a variety of subjects that can be used towards continuing education credits. There are interactive podcasts for those veterinarians who decide to participate in further continuing education, visual libraries, toxin dosage calculators, conversion tables, dog and cat client handouts, procedures and technique outlines and drug information resources.

Perhaps the greatest gift to practicing veterinarians is the chat lines. These are sub divided into individual specialities ranging from alternative medicine and working all the way down the alphabet to public health and zoonoses. In this extensive list are other specialities such as; behavior, cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, orthopedics, oncology and surgery. The list goes on. Most of these chat rooms are staffed by world renowned specialists that offer their services and time pro bono. This incredible accomplishment means that one colleague half way across the world can help another with a difficult medical case, or just provide a second opinion, all for the benefit of your pet. This is the internet at its very best. VIN provides daily acts of intellectual generosity rarely seen in other venues.

One Sunday evenings over five years ago, our own Dr. Bob Hylands received a phone call from the founder of the VIN website, Dr. Paul Pion. He asked whether Westbridge Veterinary Hospital would like to be part of the family assisting others on the Diagnostic Imaging folder. Dr. Hylands’ interest and interaction in the DI folder was noted by the website, due to his passion in helping diagnose animals using ultrasound and diagnostic imaging. He asked Dr. Bob to become an associate editor for the site. This allowed Dr. Hylands to continue helping others, while gaining new knowledge and insights of his own. Answering the open discussions requires expertise and confidence. As well, each of the postings from the folders are cross referenced into a giant library equipped with a search engine for future inquiries. The collection of knowledge is invaluable.

One of Dr. Hylands’ most memorable cases was consulting with a military veterinarian in war torn Afghanistan. A Canadian MASH unit was caring for a working, bomb-sniffing dog who needed a CT for a damaged nose. These highly trained dogs were invaluable for protecting solders as they have more odor receptors in their noses than we do; 20 to 40 times more. Dr. Bob was able to assist with providing proper CT protocols and achieve a diagnostic image.

We are proud to be a part of VIN. It is a gift to all pet owners as the ultimate goal is better medical care for their loved ones.



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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