We continue to shift and work on delivering veterinary care to our amazing patients while keeping our staff and our clients safe during this time. Our front door is now unlocked for those that wish to come into the reception area of the clinic to pick up medication and/or food. Please note that a mask covering the nose and mouth should be worn and physical distancing must be adhered to. We will continue to offer curbside service for our clients that wish to pay over the phone and have their items brought outside of the front door for pickup rather than come into the clinic.
We are continuing with a low contact protocol for our appointments where we ask that when you bring your pet to the clinic, you remain in your car in our parking lot. Please call us from your car to alert us you are here, and a doctor will speak with you on the phone to obtain a medical history. If you do not have a cell phone please come to the door and wave to alert reception you are here, and a staff member will come out to your car and speak with you there at a safe distance.
We will then bring your pet into the clinic, and perform our exam then call you again to go over findings and next steps. Estimates will be given over the phone and consent will be obtained from you before we proceed with any work up on your animal. Your pet will be brought back out to you in your car along with any other medication, food or supplements that are needed. We will continue to take credit card payments over the phone or you may come into the reception area to pay in person as long as you are wearing a mask covering your nose and mouth.
If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are currently in a 14 day quarantine please have another family member or friend who has not had contact with you bring in your animal. If this is not possible please inform staff members of the above when making your appointment so that additional steps can be taken to ensure everyone remains safe.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We are closely following the guidelines being set by Ottawa Public Health regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to protecting the health of both our staff and our clients. While Greenbank and Village of Manotick Animal Hospitals routinely follow rigorous hospital cleaning and disinfection procedures, we have increased both the frequency and scope of our efforts in order to protect the health of our staff and clients.
We ask that you consider rescheduling any non-urgent appointments for your pets if you are showing any symptoms of illness or have travelled out of country within the last 14 days. If your pet requires emergency or immediate care and you are ill, please call us before arrival so that we can prepare and take steps to limit exposure of our staff and other clients.
Please contact us if you have any concerns or require special accommodations.
As the situation develops we will be monitoring government recommendations and adjust our protocols as necessary. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.
Soft Coated Wheaten Clinic Thursday March 19 ***CANCELLED***
IMPORTANT UPDATE - As you are aware our annual Wheaten Terrier clinic was set to take place this Thursday March 19th, 2020. In light of the recent developments and amid the concerns of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, WE ARE CANCELLING THE CLINIC. Secondly, we would like to extend the pricing of the Wheaten clinic testing through to the end of May 2020. Please call the clinic at 613-825-2902 to make alternate arrangements at your convenience.
Owners of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers should be aware of this breed's risk for certain diseases. These include kidney and intestinal diseases which can result in protein loss as well as Addison's disease which causes electrolyte abnormalities. Early detection of these conditions is important since all are life threatening when not controlled. There is now a test for genetic markers. Early detection of these conditions is important since all are life threatening when not controlled. Annual screening allowing for early detection is highly recommended since early intervention is critical to changing the course of these diseases. We can improve both life span and quality of life associated with PLE and PLN if caught early enough. Early intervention is critical to changing the course of these diseases.
For our clients who have pets who are up to date in their vaccines we are offering discounted annual screening and monitoring of these conditions at our Wheaten Testing Clinic. A heartworm/tick borne disease test can also be added at a special discounted price. This year Dr. WIllis will be running the clinic on Thursday March 19th, 2019 from 4-8pm at Greenbank Animal Hospital.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE URINE TEST IS NON-REFUNDABLE AND THE SAMPLE MUST BE SUBMITTED WITHIN 1 MONTH OF THE BLOOD SAMPLE
Goodby and Good Luck to Dr. Isnor
At the end of February 2020, we are bidding farewell to Dr. Kristin Isnor, who is moving from clinical practice to government work in order to spend more time with her family. Dr. Isnor will miss surgery, puppy snuggles, and and collaborating with owners to give their pets the best and healthiest lives possible. She'll also miss working with her Greenbank and Village of Manotick coworkers!
FEBRUARY IS DENTAL MONTH
Does my pet need routine dental care?
February is dental awareness month. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by 3 years of age. Good dental hygiene increases your pet's life span and improves his/her quality of life! Plaque and tartar harbour the bacteria that lead to infections not only in the mouth, but also in the heart, kidneys, and liver. Daily brushing of your pet's teeth combined with regular professional cleaning by your veterinarian is your pet's best defence.
Our regular clients that are up to date on their annual examination and vaccines are welcome to book a complimentary dental examination to get an estimate for the cost of a dental procedure. During the month of February we offer a 10% discount to our clients for dental procedures including cleaning and any necessary extractions. Please call now to book you complimentary assessment.
FALL TICK BLOOM
Fall is here, which means we heading into another tick bloom!
Ticks are more and more a concern in the Ottawa area. Statistics show that tick numbers are increasing every year. There are several prescription medications available to help defend you pet against these pests. Also, be aware that the tick season in Ottawa is longer than the heartworm season. There is a "bloom" of ticks in April/May and again in October/November. Pets being exposed to ticks should be protected from early April through December. We offer products that repel ticks and kill the ticks directly, aiding in the prevention of the spread of diseases such as Lyme disease.
We all know that ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme disease that is difficult to detect, but can profoundly affect the lives of our pets. Along with increasing tick numbers, as you would expect, we are also seeing a rise in the number of Lyme disease cases. At our clinic we recommend the 4dx test which tests for heartworm disease as well as screens for Lyme and other tick borne diseases. The earlier we diagnose and treat Lyme disease, the better our chances of producing a good outcome for our canine companions.
The FDA releases list of BRANDS OF FOOD that may cause DCM
Over the years, "grain free" pet foods have become increasingly popular among pet owners. It has been suspected that SOME foods that are typically marketed as "grain free" may be associated with the development of DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY (DCM) in dogs, even in dog breeds that are not typically affected by this disease.
DCM is a disease of the heart muscle that eventually leads to heart failure and death. The definitive cause of canine DCM is the subject of debate, although a number of factors including nutritional, infectious, and genetic predisposition have been implicated. Breeds predisposed to DCM include the Doberman Pinscher, the Great Dane, the Boxer, and the Cocker Spaniel. Dietary carnitine deficiency may play a role in some cases of Boxer DCM, and taurine responsive DCM has been identified in Cocker Spaniels.
The FDA is continuing to investigate and recently released a report listing the brands of food that have been implicated. If your pet is showing possible signs of DCM or other heart conditions, including decreased energy, coughing, laboured breathing and episodes of collapse, you should contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. If the symptoms are severe and your veterinarian is not available, you may need to seek emergency veterinary care.
Announcing Dr. Mark Rowett's Retirement 2019
Dr. Mark Rowett has officially retired. While we are happy for him to enter this new exciting phase of life, we are all very sad that we won’t be working alongside him anymore. Dr. Rowett is an excellent veterinarian who was always kind, honest, and compassionate with clients and their pets. Please join us in thanking Dr. Rowett for his many years of excellent service and wishing him all the best in the future.
The "flu shot" for dogs???
The canine influenza virus is a type of influenza that is adapted to dogs. The H3N2 influenza virus is believed to have originated in Asia and suspected to have been introduced to the US in 2015 through importation of dogs from South Korea. This virus has spread throughout the US and has caused regional outbreaks.
H3N2 was first identified in Canada is southwestern Ontario in late December 2017. It causes upper respiratory disease that is indistinguishable from other causes of infectious respiratory disease (kennel cough). While dogs of any age and breed can be affected, this disease is more likely to be severe in very young and old dogs as well as brachycephalic breeds (ie: pugs, bulldogs, boston terriers).
The main symptoms include coughing, sneezing, discharge from the eyes and nose, decreased appetite, and fever. Most dogs fully recover within 2 to 3 weeks however some dogs may get secondary bacterial bronchitis or pneumonia. Fatal infections are rare but can occur.
Treatment is supportive. Antibiotics are not used unless a secondary bacterial component develops.
Commercial vaccines are available for both H3N8 and H3N2 flu viruses. The vaccine is not 100% effective but can reduce the risk and severity of disease. The vaccine is administered in 2 doses, 2 to 4 weeks apart.
WHICH DOGS NEED THE FLU VACCINE?
The flu vaccine is recommended for dogs that are travelling in the USA or Asia or dogs that may be exposed to other dogs imported from the USA or Asia.
Otherwise, vaccination may be useful for dogs likely to have increased exposure to other dogs from a wide geographical range, such as those dogs that participate in dogs shows or other competitions. It may also be considered in dogs that are predisposed to complications from the flu, including elderly dogs, those with heart or lung problems already, or brachycephalic breeds.
We are currently carrying the "flu vaccine" for dogs that are at risk. Give us a call if you think your dog might be at risk.
JOIN OUR WEIGHT LOSS CLUB FOR DOGS AND CATS
Greenbank Animal Hospital created the Weight Loss Club, a new weight loss program designed especially for your pet. As a member of this club you and your pet will be working closely with our professional team to ensure a successful and healthy journey to weight reduction.
It's Hard to ignore that unfortunately, our pets are becoming more "big boned" or "a little chunky". This extra weight on your pet's smaller frame is a direct cause of low grade chronic inflammation in the body. In other words, your pet's joints are becoming more arthritic. In addition, there are many other diseases and issues associated with overweight/obese pets such as: heart disease, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and skin infections. As little as 10% weight gain can result in reduced health and shorter lifespan.
With the Weight Loss Club we can help your pet live a healthier, happier, and longer life. Diets have been designed to suit your pet's nutritional needs as well as helping them feel fuller longer. The club gives you one on one access to our professional and knowledgeable team with FREE sign up, incentives such as FREE food and helpful tips for success. Please join us and make an important difference in the life of your companion!