• Apr 18 2013

    My North American Veterinary Conference & Disney Experience

    Back to work! In January I returned back to work after a wonderful week long vacation in Orlando, Florida, where I not only got to take my family to Disney World but I also was able to attend the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) for the first time. The North American Veterinary Conference is the largest Veterinary Conference in North America. Belonging to the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT), I have had the pleasure to attend our own OAVT conferences in both London and Toronto- but the NAVC conference is HUGE in comparison!!!  This year there was just over 15…

  • Dec 29 2012

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    Memorable Patients!

    My veterinary practice has been serving the neighbourhood of South Windsor for the last sixteen years. This means I have seen a lot of dogs and cats come through my doors. It also means I have been privileged to be a part of the entire lives of many of these animals. As veterinarians, we collect memories of the patients we see over the years.  Some of those memories are of unique cases where we feel we performed our jobs brilliantly; some of the memories are of cases where we wish we had done something differently in hindsight. But most of…

  • Dec 21 2012

    Toxins: Protect Your Pets!!!

    Toxins: Protect Your Pets! The holiday season is just around the corner and everyone’s preparations are well underway!  Carols playing in the stores, decorating the house, calling relatives and friends – what a fantastic time of year. While you’re enjoying this season, please be sure to keep your animals safe, especially from human foods which can make them sick. There are many well known foods which are toxic to our furry friends. Many of these foods may not be surprising, but there may be some you have never thought of as having the potential to make your pet ill. Chocolate. …

  • Dec 03 2012

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    Our Registered Veterinary Technicians belong to their governing body called the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT). The OAVT endorses an interactive program created by Doggone Safe which is designed to teach young school aged children about dog safety.  This program is called BE A TREE and is for children from aged Senior Kindergarten to Grade 5. This program can be presented not only at elementary schools, but daycares, drop in centers, Girl Guides, Beavers etc. It is a completely free program to attend. One of our technicians would come to the classroom at an arranged time to speak with the students. The program is designed…

  • Nov 16 2012

    Bladder Stones- Ouch!!!

    Urinary Tract Stones- Ouch!  We, as humans, can get them and our dogs and cats can get them as well. If you know anyone who has had kidney or bladder stones in the past, you’ve probably heard the stories of how painful it can be! In humans, kidney stones seem to be more common, however in animals, it is more common to see bladder stones. It seems the frequency of seeing these urinary tract stones has been increasing in the last few years. When a patient develops crystals in their bladder, these crystals combine further to form larger structures called…

  • Nov 15 2012

    Sparky’s Toy Drive Drop Off

    As the holiday season is getting closer we would like to write a little bit about holiday cheer & spirit. For the past few years, our lovely groomer Connie has been organizing the Sparky’s Toy Drive within our own clinic. Sparky’s cause helps roughly 3000 children in our area have toys and gifts for Christmas.As a whole, the staff decided we would stop doing Secret Santa between us and help out those in need.  Connie faithfully reminds us each year what and when we can bring in to donate to this amazing cause. And this year is no different with…

  • Nov 12 2012

    Being a Registered Veterinary Technician is the life for me!

    For as long as my parents and I can remember, I had said I wanted to work in the animal field.  I can certainly remember being 4 years old and telling people I was going to work with animals. Sure I had times where I said I also wanted to be a teacher but for the most part it was the animal field.  When I got into the Veterinary Technician program at St Clair College it was one of my happiest moments (for those of you who do not know, there could be over 500 applicants for only 40-50 spots!)…

  • Oct 15 2012

    Halloween Safety!!!

    With Halloween quickly approaching we thought we’d take the opportunity to remind you of some potential hazards for your pets. Remember that decorations can be easily chewed on or ingested causing intestinal upset or even obstruction. Be sure to keep these items out of your pets reach. Halloween candy and treats can be hazardous or toxic. Items such a chocolate, raisins, and sugar free gum can cause serious health complications for your pet. Also, a dog may find that eating the wrappers or containers is the best way to get to the “yummy treat” which can also lead to intestinal…

  • Aug 10 2012

    PET TAIL #2: Jersey’s Story!

    Here is a story about our beloved American Bulldog Jersey. She was with her sister Jada and my father for the weekend. They somehow got out of the yard and took off to the road. My dad went running and much to his relief, he saw Jada running back; not thinking that Jersey had escaped as well. But sadly, Jersey had escaped as well and was hit by a car and thrown into a ditch. I am sad to report tha… t the person did not stop to help my Dad who was alone, with a dog who could not…

  • Aug 02 2012

    Pet Tale: Stella

    Our First PET TALE! **STELLA’S STORY**

    We decided to take our first big family vacation after having our baby this summer. We packed up and headed out, our family of 3 plus our 2 four-legged babies, Stella and Colt. We were enjoying the wonderful weather and sun on a cottage on Go Home Lake with the rest of our family. It was very exciting to see Stella swim for the first time! She was a fish in the water just like her big brother Colt. It was very entertaining watching Colt and Stella play and socialize with their 2 four legged cousins and 2 four legged…