We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
No one wants to think about the possibility of their pet being afflicted with cancer. Unfortunately, as your pet ages, the risk of developing some forms of cancer increases. The good news is that, depending on the form of this disease, there are many methods of diagnosis and treatment that can give a good quality of life.
Some forms of cancer may be treated with surgical removal and/or chemotherapy. In others, the goal may be to manage the effects of cancer and treat to alleviate pain. Dr. Morin and Dr. Buller have experience in certain types of chemotherapy, which can be provided on-site. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer, we take the time to go over the diagnosis, the treatment options, and the potential side effects. Together with you, we help to decide on the best course of treatment. If needed, we will recommend a referral to a specialist.
When the diagnosis of cancer touches your family, we understand that you need to know all your pet’s options. At Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, we offer a team approach to diagnosis, management and treatment of many types of cancer. We offer advanced non- invasive diagnostic techniques, soft tissue surgery and some chemotherapy on-site. At our hospital, our main goal with respect to cancer treatment is offering your pet quality of life. In these situations, you are your pet’s partner. Our goal is to reduce suffering while assisting with these difficult decisions.
How is chemotherapy administered in dogs?
Vascular ports are permanent catheters that are placed into a blood vessel and hidden under the skin. They are placed in pets that require frequent intravenous treatments.
We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect our clients, our staff and work hard to ensure we can continue to provide excellent care for our patients.
The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. If you have travelled outside Canada or come in contact with anyone who has travelled outside Canada in the past 3 weeks, or if you are feeling unwell, (coughing, fever, fatigue, etc.), please contact our clinic. We will be more than happy to reschedule your appointment or help arrange to see your pet safely.
2. We are currently operating a "closed-door" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905-285-0002. We will take a history by phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet and you will get another call from the Doctor to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
3. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
4. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm & Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.
5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 4-6 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment from your vehicle.
6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
Your dedicated team at Westbridge Veterinary Hospital