Dental Appointment – A Letter From George

Good afternoon everyone,

I saw Dr. Doucette this afternoon because I chipped my tooth yesterday.  He is a nice guy and his assistant is an absolute darling!  She gave me lots of goodies to munch on while we were waiting.  The ladies at the front desk are wonderful too!

Anyways, Dr. Doucette gave me some medicine to help my sore tooth feel better and I have a special dental appointment tomorrow morning with him to get the tooth properly treated.  I have to admit I am a little nervous.  What can I expect??

Please reply ASAP and thanks in advance,

George R. Retriever

Good afternoon George,

Thanks for reaching out.  I am pleased to hear that you find our team members to be so delightful.  They strive to make your experience here the best it can be.  You will be seeing Dr. Doucette and his assistant again in the morning.  Now be sure not to eat anything as you will receive some medications that will make you very sleepy.  This will make you quite comfortable and will allow Dr. Doucette to assess and treat your mouth properly.

He will perform a complete oral exam and will likely take some dental radiographs.  The worst case scenario is that he may have to surgically extract the chipped tooth in order to make you more comfortable. However, he is trained to treat chipped teeth in other ways as well.

The good news is that he also performs dental bonding/sealing for uninfected uncomplicated crown fractures, enamel hypocalcification and caries.  This is often less expensive than having a tooth extracted and can save your tooth and keep you comfortable for quite some time.

Essentially, the doctor reshapes the area and goes through a process of applying various liquids to the affected area.  He “cures” or hardens the liquids with a special light until it is smooth and hard.  This makes the toothless sensitive to contact pressure, temperature and other stimulation.  It also protects the tooth from invading bacteria.

You will go home in the afternoon, likely with some medication for a couple of days. And you can eat supper!

You would then get to see Dr Doucette and his assistant again in 2 weeks.

If you or your mom have any questions please call again,

Thanks, Westwood Hills Veterinary Hospital

Written by Rob Doucette, DVM


The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet

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

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Last updated: March 22, 2022.

Dear Clients,

Our top priority here at Westwood Hills is the ongoing health and safety of our clients, their pets, and our dedicated team members that serve you and the community.

NEW: We kindly request that clients continue wearing facemasks during their visits to our hospital. Our staff will continue to wear masks, as they remain one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.
* *Facemasks are no longer mandatory in veterinary clinics (but still highly recommended) as per recent provincial guidelines.

Here is what you can expect during your next visit:

  • We ask that all clients keep their distance / practice social distancing.
  • Continue the use of debit / credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • For those interested we will still offer curbside pickup. Please place your food and medication order 48 hours in advance.
  • We are constantly analyzing our day to day actions and we appreciate your patience. We will continue to implement procedures that are in the best interest of both you, our clients and our staff.

    If you are not feeling well in any way, or if you have interacted with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 we ask that you stay isolated and do not visit us at the clinic. If your pet needs medical attention please have a family member or friend bring in your pet or pick up prescriptions / food.


    Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed


    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