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FALL IS COMING AND ALONG WITH IT, TICKS!

September 05, 2017

Fall is here, which means we heading into another tick bloom!

Ticks are more and more a concern in the Ottawa area. Statistics show that tick numbers are increasing every year. There are several prescription medications available to help defend you pet against these pests. Also, be aware that the tick season in Ottawa is longer than the heartworm season. There is a "bloom" of ticks in April/May and again in October/November. Pets being exposed to ticks should be protected from early April through December. We offer products that repel ticks and kill the ticks directly, aiding in the prevention of the spread of diseases such as Lyme disease.

We all know that ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme disease that is difficult to detect, but can profoundly affect the lives of our pets. Along with increasing tick numbers, as you would expect, we are also seeing a rise in the number of Lyme disease cases. In 2014, Idexx Laboratories found that there were 1,316 positive cases of Lyme reported in Ontario pets, a 53 per cent increase from the 859 reported cases in 2013. At our clinic we recommend the 4dx test which tests for heartworm disease as well as screens for Lyme and other tick borne diseases. The earlier we diagnose and treat Lyme disease, the better our chances of producing a good outcome for our canine companions.

TICKS TICKS AND MORE TICKS!

April 09, 2017

Spring is here, and we are now seeing ticks on dogs.

Ticks are more and more a concern in the Ottawa area. Statistics show that tick numbers are increasing every year. There are several prescription medications available to help defend you pet against these pests. Also, be aware that the tick season in Ottawa is longer than the heartworm season. There is a "bloom" of ticks in April/May and again in October/November. Pets being exposed to ticks should be protected from early April through December. We offer products that repel ticks and kill the ticks directly, aiding in the prevention of the spread of diseases such as Lyme disease.

We all know that ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme disease that is difficult to detect, but can profoundly affect the lives of our pets. Along with increasing tick numbers, as you would expect, we are also seeing a rise in the number of Lyme disease cases. In 2014, Idexx Laboratories found that there were 1,316 positive cases of Lyme reported in Ontario pets, a 53 per cent increase from the 859 reported cases in 2013. At our clinic we recommend the 4dx test which tests for heartworm disease as well as screens for Lyme and other tick borne diseases. The earlier we diagnose and treat Lyme disease, the better our chances of producing a good outcome for our canine companions.

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN 9 MONTHS OF FLEA/TICK PREVENTION

March 02, 2017

March is National Tick Awareness Month! The Greenbank and Village of Manotick Animal Hospitals would like to offer their clients the chance to win their pet’s flea and tick prevention for the 2017 season! This includes 9 months of Bravecto or Advantix flea and tick preventative medication. Any lyme or tick born disease test (4DX blood test) performed, will qualify your pets name to be entered for a draw. The winner will be contacted directly by phone. One entry per pet. Exclusions apply. Please contact the Greenbank Animal Hospital at (613) 825-2902 or the Village of Manotick Animal Hospital at (613) 692-2434 for further details or to book an appointment.

Wheaten Clinic on Thursday March 9, 4-8pm

February 10, 2017

Owners of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers should be aware of this breed's risk for certain diseases. These include kidney and intestinal diseases which can result in protein loss as well as Addison's disease which causes electrolyte abnormalities. Early detection of these conditions is important since all are life threatening when not controlled. There is now a test for genetic markers. Early detection of these conditions is important since all are life threatening when not controlled. Annual screening allowing for early detection is highly recommended since early intervention is critical to changing the course of these diseases. We can improve both life span and quality of life associated with PLE and PLN if caught early enough. Early intervention is critical to changing the course of these diseases.

For our clients who have pets who are up to date in their vaccines we are offering discounted annual screening and monitoring of these conditions at our Wheaten Testing Clinic. A heartworm/lyme test can also be added at a special discounted price. This year Dr. WIllis will be running the clinic on Thursday March 9th, 2017 from 4-8pm at Greenbank Animal Hospital.

FEBRUARY IS DENTAL MONTH - SAVE 10%

January 20, 2017

Does my pet need routine dental care?

February is dental awareness month. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental disease by 3 years of age. Good dental hygiene increases your pet's life span and improves his/her quality of life! Plaque and tartar harbour the bacteria that lead to infections not only in the mouth, but also in the heart, kidneys, and liver. Daily brushing of your pet's teeth combined with regular professional cleaning by your veterinarian is your pet's best defense.

During the month of February we offer a 10% discount to our clients for dental procedures including cleaning and any necessary extractions. Please call if you are interested and we can arrange to get you an estimate for the cost of this procedure.

Judi is retiring

January 03, 2017

It is with a mixture of sadness and happiness that we announce the retirement of our long term practice manager, Judi. Judi started working at Greenbank Animal Hospital in 1992 and that means she's served as our practice manager for more than 24 years! Judi has been an integral part of the practice and helped us grow from 2 vets to 8 vets. Whenever anybody had a question, Judi would know the answer. She was a kind and fair manager. She is family to us. While we are happy that Judi will have more time for travel and family and hobbies, we are sad because we will miss seeing her every day.

JOIN OUR WEIGHT LOSS CLUB FOR DOGS AND CATS

February 24, 2016

Greenbank Animal Hospital created the Weight Loss Club, a new weight loss program designed especially for your pet. As a member of this club you and your pet will be working closely with our professional team to ensure a successful and healthy journey to weight reduction.

It's Hard to ignore that unfortunately, our pets are becoming more "big boned" or "a little chunky". This extra weight on your pet's smaller frame is a direct cause of low grade chronic inflammation in the body. In other words, your pet's joints are becoming more arthritic. In addition, there are many other diseases and issues associated with overweight/obese pets such as: heart disease, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and skin infections. As little as 10% weight gain can result in reduced health and shorter lifespan.

With the Weight Loss Club we can help your pet live a healthier, happier, and longer life. Diets have been designed to suit your pet's nutritional needs as well as helping them feel fuller longer. The club gives you one on one access to our professional and knowledgeable team with FREE sign up, incentives such as FREE food and helpful tips for success. Please join us and make an important difference in the life of your companion!

Happy Retirement & Best Wishes Dr. James

January 2013

Dr. Lee James has officially retired as of January 2013.

Dr. James opened the Greenbank Animal Hospital back in 1977. He started his career doing large animal and small animal medicine and surgery, then switched to small animals exclusively. Throughout his career, Dr. James developed excellent surgical skills and performed many specialized surgeries, saving the lives of countless beloved pets. He has also been a great mentor to many new graduate veterinarians.

Dr. James will be sorely missed by all of our staff and clients. We hope that he enjoys his retirement - spending time at the cottage, traveling, and spoiling all his little granddaughters.