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.

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The Threat of Tick-Borne Diseases

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.

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Cases of Leptospirosis in the GTA

Westbridge Veterinary Hospital has received reports of leptospirosis cases from other veterinary hospitals in the GTA.

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Last updated: May 29, 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. 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