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13: Keetah's Story
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07: Wildlife in the city
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21: Lyme Disease
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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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28: Exciting news for our hospital!
June 2015
11: Mosquito Prevention
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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!
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!

Wildlife in the city

Posted: 2017-07-07

It was with sadness that I read the story of a Mississauga family that lost their beloved pet to a coyote attack. My wife, Dr. Buller and I have been much luckier but we ourselves have now experienced, at close hand, two attempted attacks on our own puppy while walking the park system in Brampton. These coyotes are bold and each time worked in pairs. Silently they got within 20 feet of us before we even noticed them. Each time I had to charge them back into the bushes away from my family.

The other night my wife had a strong inclination to carry a Bo with us on our late evening walk with the pup. She felt silly taking it along, but felt that strong inner voice insisting that she should. A Bo is a five- foot wooden pole that we both trained with during our karate years. We were concerned that the coyotes may not back off next time and, much like the Mississauga family, we would be devastated if anything happened to our wonderful pup, “Skye “. The walk was uneventful, but when we arrived back to our driveway we both noticed a racoon approaching us in a direct line. It was interesting at eighty feet away, but worrisome at 60 feet, then 40 feet, then 20. He kept approaching us. At the ten-foot mark, it was obvious that he was intent on reaching us. His determination was completely abnormal. I pushed him gently away three times with the Bo, but he had other plans. My wife rushed Skye into the house so that I could now back away from the racoon. At that point he switched directions came for me from between two parked cars. I pushed him away one last time and backed into our house. You can imagine my surprise when he came up the stairs of our home and tried to get in the front door. Eventually he gave up and left. Racoon rabies is highly likely.

In one month, we have been charged by two coyotes on two separate occasions and stalked by a potentially rabid racoon. If your pet is not up to date on his or her vaccines, especially the Rabies component, we strongly suggest that you rectify this as soon as possible. I always thought that walking our pet in a park would be a happy form of relaxation. Lately it has been an exercise of super awareness because of possible threats coming from beyond the brush line. Be aware of this changing reality and report to the local animal control offices any such experiences especially those involving abnormal behavior in racoons.

– 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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