Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Bug bites and stings can happen during any season. Most often they will just cause some discomfort, redness, itching and swelling. In some cases, an anti-histamine (like diphenhydramine) may be recommended. However, just like humans, our pets can have severe allergic reactions to bee stings or insect bites.
For your pet’s mild bites or stings here are some basic first-aid practices you can try:
You can try removing the stinger by sliding a credit card across it. This avoids pushing the stinger and/or venom sacs further into your pets’ skin. However, please do not hurt your pet! If he or she resents this, seems painful, or you are not successful, just stop and seek veterinary attention.
A cool compress or ice pack wrapped in a towel can be applied to reduce swelling. Place and remove several times so the area doesn’t get too cold.
A small paste of baking soda and water can be applied over the area of the bite wound. This will help to soothe the irritation.
If you see hives, a lot of swelling or discomfort at the site of the bite, facial swelling or your pet experiences vomiting, weakness, or trembling, please contact your veterinarian immediately for advice. These can be serious signs.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit and debit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
Your dedicated team at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital