The team at Westwood Hill Veterinary Hospital takes commitment to animals, pet parents and the Upper Tantallon community seriously. We work hard to deliver high-quality service and are highly-trained to ensure that our patients receive the best treatment and care possible. Call us today to book a tour, appointment or ask to meet our veterinary hospital staff!
Pets can get lost which can be a traumatic and possibly tragic event. It’s important to have a collar and ID tag, but these are not foolproof. Collars can break or fall off leaving your pet unidentifiable. This can be prevented with the use of a microchip.
As noted in the Dartmouth Tribune in April 2017:
A pet is lost every seven seconds
One in three pets will go missing in their lifetime
Only 2 percent of lost cats and 17 percent of lost dogs with ID return home
When a pet gets lost, they are 20 times more likely to make their way back home when they have a microchip
A microchip is a small chip that is encoded with a unique identification number. It is no bigger than a grain of rice and implanted just under the surface of your pet’s skin. The process is similar to receiving a vaccination through a needle and is virtually painless to pets. Once implanted, the microchip remains between the shoulder blades just beneath the skin for the rest of the animal’s lifetime, becoming a permanent form of identification. Since it’s under your pets’ skin it can’t break or fall off like a collar or tag.
The chip is powered by a scanner which sends a signal to the chip and receives the identification number stored on it. A vet or shelter can use the scanner to read your pet’s chip. With the identification number, your pet’s information is a phone call away.
When your pet is microchipped, it is linked to a database with your contact info. It is essential that you register the microchip and ensure your contact information is kept up to date. If you move or change phone numbers be sure to update your information. Microchips are reliable and use nationwide registries, but they depend on the information you provide.
If you want to improve your chances of getting your pet back home quickly and safely microchipping is highly recommended.
Written by Tracy LeFler, Site Coordinator
Edited by Janis Wall, RVT
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.
Our new 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
Doors are unlocked. We are allowing a maximum of 2 clients in the waiting room. Please do not enter the building if there are already 2 clients inside.
We are allowing 1 client per appointment into the building.
Face masks are required to enter the building.
Continue the use of credit 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). Please call ahead of time so that we can have your order ready upon your arrival. A reminder that we require 48 hours notice for food and prescription orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. OPERATING HOURS
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday: Closed
NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Westwood Hills Veterinary Hospital