Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.

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Parasite Prevention

While keeping our clients and teams protected

The arrival of warmer weather means the arrival of ticks, fleas and/or heartworm. To help your furry family member remain free of these unwelcome guests, let’s get them protected!

Although our community is faced with an unprecedented situation, our team at Westwood Hills Veterinary Hospital has taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing the necessary care and prevention treatment for your pet.

We are offering a new Parasite Prevention Plan for Pets – a plan designed to provide your pet with parasite prevention while practicing physical distancing during these challenging times.

Check out which of these two options is best for you and your pet. If you are unsure, call us and we can discuss which solution is best. We are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Option 1: Prevention Medication Pick Up

When to pick this option: “My pet is healthy and I want to ensure it stays that way.”

This option is best for: Clients whose pets have visited our hospital in the last 12 months.

  1. Call us to provide updates or changes to your pet’s health.
  2. Place order for medication.
  3. Pick up medication from the hospital. Instructions will be provided on how you can administer the medication.

All pick-ups at our hospital are “no-contact.” When you arrive, remain in your vehicle and call us for further instructions.

 

Option 2: Prevention Medication with Contactless Hospital Visit

When to pick this option: “My pet has health challenges.”

This option is best for: Clients whose pet is on regular medication, has existing conditions (weight loss, chronic issues, or medications), and/or has had a noticeable change in health, and may require an examination from our veterinarian.

  1. Call us to discuss your pet’s health and we will help determine if an appointment is necessary. If an in-person exam is not necessary, we may refer you to option 1 or 2 above.
  2. If an appointment is needed, we will schedule a date and time.
  3. When you arrive, remain in your vehicle and call us. We will provide directions on a contactless method to transfer your pet to us for their visit. Only your pet enters the hospital while you remain in your vehicle.
  4. The veterinarian will connect with you via phone or video during or post-exam. The doctor will discuss any additional testing that is recommended based on diagnosis.
  5. One of our staff members will bring the seasonal prevention medication (and any other medication) to you outside the hospital along with your pet.
  6. We will discuss treatment and take payment over the phone (or bring the credit and debit card machine to you, where applicable).

For your parasite prevention inquiries, please call us at 902.826.1933Due to higher than normal call volume, we may not be able to answer the phone right away. Please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our regular methods may have changed, but our goal remains the same – to ensure our furry friends continue to stay healthy and protected so you can enjoy their snuggles all year long.

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Sincerely,
Your dedicated team at Westwood Hills Veterinary Hospital

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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: July 6, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective July 6, patients seeing a Veterinarian will be able to have one family member inside the hospital for the duration of the appointment.

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

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