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Concerns Regarding Flea/Tick Medication Side-Effects, Harmful Grain-Free Diets and Cannabis Use in Pets

We like to update our valued clients if we have received questions or concerns raised from topics circulating in public media. We have tried to provide further information with links provided below on three topics that are important to all of us as pet owners.

1. Concerns raised around side effects of flea and tick medications. A US FDA statement was put out that requested manufacturers of certain products put more information about side effects in their inserts. Below are links provided by the company, and the statement by the FDA

2. Certain pet food are manufactured based on client requests and marketing rather than what is necessarily a complete food for your pet. Below is a link to an article that shows some grain free diets may be harmful.

3. While Marijuana is legal for people in Canada, there have been some concerns in our pets. It is important to know that currently veterinarians are not legally allowed to dispense Cannabis products in Canada, and there are no CBD products approved for use in pets.

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Dog thinking about ticks and fleas

Year-round protection means more peace of mind!

“Tick season” used to mean spring/summer/fall, with a break over the winter – the colder weather meant that we could take a break from worrying about these pesky bugs and the diseases they can transmit. But in the last few years, we’ve seen a change creeping up on us, with the weather staying warm later into the season, and spring arriving earlier each year – and the bugs are loving it!

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Last updated: December 17, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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

4. NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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