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Microchipping Your Pet

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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Parasite Awareness Month

Ticks, fleas and worms are back in full force! Learn how you can take preventative measures in protecting your pets from those nasty parasites!


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

Dave White

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

Have been taking our pets here for years. Great staff & great communication-always knowledgeable, kind and compassionate. They treat us…

Rose Marie

I would recommend Westwood Hills Veterinary without hesitation and in fact I have. My animals have received the best in…

Sue Brown


Dog Services
Cat Services


Cat Friendly Practices Elevate Standard of Care

Cat Friendly Practices are sensitive to cats’ distinct characteristics and equipped to address their physical and behavioral needs. CFP’s educate cat caregivers on the importance of routine preventive care and how to reduce the stress of transporting their cat, thereby increasing veterinary visits and ultimately improving the health care of cats.Practices that achieve Cat Friendly Practice status have assessed their physical environment and the delivery of medical care provided. Staff are trained on the distinct needs of cats and develop the experience with a cats’ perspective in mind. Each CFP has at least one ‘Cat Advocate’ on staff – a knowledgeable professional leader who ensures feline-focused standards are met and being followed. What to Expect From a Cat Friendly Practice? CFP’s keep the cats’ unique needs in mind in the waiting area and examination room, handling of feline patients, knowledge of staff, and the comfort and concern for cats and their caregivers. At a CFP-designated clinic, cat caregivers will experience cat-friendly features such as:Skilled Staff – Within a CFP, clients will find that the staff is well-versed in feline-friendly handling techniques and can expertly treat frightened cats. Furthermore, the staff is well-trained in alternate techniques to calm an anxious cat and ensure that examinations and procedures do not escalate anxiety. Individualized health care plan – As with humans, health issues change as aging occurs. The practice will create a health care plan that is specific to your cat. Regular exams can help avoid medical emergencies since veterinarians can often detect conditions or diseases that may affect your cat’s health long before they become significant, painful, or more costly to treat. Low-stress environment – One obvious advantage of a CFP is a physical environment that is all about the cat including special waiting areas or waiting accommodations, feline-sensitive examination rooms and hospital facilities, and equipment specifically designed for cats.Other areas that are vetted for cat safety and comfort include the operating room and anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, laboratory facilities, and dentistry.Referenced from Cat Friendly Practice (by the American Association of Feline Practitioners)

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Feline Hyperthroidism treatment with Iodine

Hyperthyroidism is a common endocrine disease in older cats.The most common treatment is with daily, lifelong medications. However, a one-time treatment CURE exists that few people are aware of and is available in Nova Scotia (HRM).

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