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.
We are heading into the season of the year when pet parasites are an important topic of discussion. Tick populations and infections in our dogs and cats have risen over the past few years. These are insects found usually in grassy or wooded areas that climb on your pet, attach, and swell with blood. During that time they can transmit a number of serious diseases; including Lyme and Ehrlichia. Most veterinarians recommend blood testing dogs for these conditions either yearly or every second year.
Toby is a dog that came to the owners from Central America and tested positive for Ehrlichia on a blood test. This disease affects a number of different systems in the body including the kidneys, lymph nodes and blood cells. Acute disease can be fatal, while chronic conditions can cause long term kidney failure. Either way it is a nasty disease. Further testing is usually required to confirm the disease and check the effect on the body. Treatment can be effective if the condition is caught early.
Tick prevention helps prevent diseases such as this. There are different options for prevention, including a tablet given once every three months, or topical applications, usually applied once a month. Whatever you chose, it is best to start this prevention now. Anytime the temperature climbs over 4 degrees Celcius ticks become active and your pet is at risk.
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. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. 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