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Ever worry about your pet running off and not knowing if you'd find them? Microchipping can bring a peace of mind!


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Senior Pet Awareness Month

We are celebrating senior pets! They are special in so many ways and we know senior pets need special care, but what should we do for them? How should we care for them to keep them healthy, happy and comfortable?


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Welcome to Westwood Hills Veterinary Hospital in Upper Tantallon

Westwood Hills Veterinary Hospital is located at Highway 103’s Exit 5 in the Sobeys Mall, Tantallon, near the Scotiabank.

Since opening, the hospital staff has increased to four Veterinarians, four Registered Veterinary Technicians, four Veterinary Assistants, four Client Care Specialists and a Site Coordinator. Dr. Rushton has a special interest in orthopedic surgery – he has moved these services to the new PetFocus clinic at Bedford South. Dr. Chris MacDonald is the Petfocus partner at Westwood Hills and he is joined by associate veterinarians Dr. Robert Doucette, Dr. Jane Corkum and Dr. Alex Hare.

Together with annual health exams and more frequent attention to senior pets, Westwood Hills provides complete medical care for your pets.

Meet the Team
We have been going to Westwood Hills for 6 years. The 3 of us enjoy going there. From regular check…

Debbie Thomas

We have been with Westwood Hills Clinic since we moved to Haliburton Heights over six years ago. We have…

Dave White

We've been with WWH Vet for almost 6 years and couldn't be happier. All staff are courteous and treat you…

Swimmin Hill

One of our fur-kids has chronic health issues. From day 1, the staff at Westwood Hills clinic have been wonderful…

Michelle Breen

I love the staff at Westwood Pet Focus. They have become like family to me. I could not…

Tanya Ellsworth


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What is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis - Signs and Symptoms

Leptospirosis is a disease that can affect human and animals, including your pets. All animals can potentially become infected with leptospirosis. While for many years occurrence among pets was rare, the disease has been diagnosed more frequently in the past few years and cases have been diagnosed in the Tantallon area. Leptospirosis is most commonly diagnosed in the summer and fall.Infection The bacteria that cause leptospirosis are spread through the urine of infected animals, which can get into water or soil and can survive there for weeks to months. The bacteria can enter the body through the skin, especially if the skin is broken from a cut or scratch, it can also enter through the eyes, nose or mouth. Drinking contaminated water can also cause infection. Infected wild and domestic animals may continue to excrete the bacteria into the environment.If your pet has become infected, it most likely came into contact with the bacteria in the environment by drinking, swimming, or walking through contaminated water, contaminated by wildlife (raccoons, deer, foxes, coyotes) who pass this bacteria in their urine. Dogs also may pass the disease to each other, but this happens very rarely.Signs and Symptoms The clinical signs of leptospirosis vary and are nonspecific. Sometimes pets do not have any symptoms. Common clinical signs have been reported in dogs. These include:Fever Vomiting Abdominal pain Diarrhea Refusal to eat Severe weakness and depression Stiffness Severe muscle pain Inability to have puppiesGenerally, younger animals are more seriously affected than older animals.If you think your pet may have leptospirosis, contact your veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian can perform tests to determine whether or not your pet has the disease. Source: CDC Factsheet Written by Jane Corkum, DVM

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Marijuana and Its Effects On Pets

Legal Marijuana: Expect Toxicity

The plant Cannabis sativa (marijuana) has been used by humans for medical purposes for thousands of years, and its therapeutic effects have been well studied. With the upcoming legalization of retail marijuana sales, what will this mean for our pets? In Colorado where marijuana has been legally available since 2012, there have been significant increases in the number of pets treated for toxicity, and the increases correlate as the number of marijuana licenses that have opened.

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