August 2010

August 2010 Bay Cities newsletter

We hope all of our clients are having a wonderful summer!
It is great to get outside and spend some time with our furry friends, whether it is at the park, the beach, camping or just going for a nice evening stroll.  However, please be aware that the hot weather and summer activities can be a risk to your pet's health. Be sure to check out our section on summer health hazards for pets. 

Heartworm season is still in full swing and many dogs are coming in daily to get their heartworm tests and wellness blood work done.  If you have not brought your dog in for it's heartworm test yet we recommend doing so as soon as possible.  Preventive medications should be given from June 1 - November 1 to provide full protection against the heartworm parasite.  Fleas are an annoying pest that can easily be prevented in combination with your heartworm preventive.  Warm and wet weather conditions are ideal for fleas, and even if your pet only spends time in the backyard it is at risk of flea infestation. 

The Biggest Loser has arrived at Bay Cities!

We are excited to introduce our biggest loser competition to Bay Cities Animal Hospital. 

2 dogs and 3 cats have signed up for a weight-loss program that will last for 16 weeks.  Each pet will be fed Hill's Prescription r/d diet which is a scientifically proven weight loss diet, and dogs will also engage in various exercise activities in order to burn more calories and gain lean muscle mass.  At the end of the competition, a prize will be awarded for the Biggest Loser.  We plan to feature participants and their progress on our website.

Staff changes

We are pleased to announce that we have a new veterinarian on our staff.  Dr. Danica Neumann joined us at the beginning of July.  Previously employed at Queen West Animal Hospital in Toronto, Dr. Neumann is a 2008 graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College.  We are sure that our clients will love her warm and caring nature, and we're happy to have her as part of the Bay Cities family. 

We have welcomed two new Registered Veterinary Technicians to our staff - and they both have the same name!  Ashleigh Wiersma is a 2009 graduate from Seneca College.  She has joined us on a full-time basis and we are glad to have her as part of our team.  Ashlee Michie is a 2010 graduate from St. Clair College.  She will be working Monday - Thursday as she also works as a veterinary technician at Bronte Road Animal Hospital in Oakville.  Welcome Ashleigh & Ashlee!

We were delighted to have one of our high-school students back with us for the month of July.  Stephanie Wignall is currently studying to be a Registered Veterinary Technician at Georgian College in Orillia.  She has completed her first year of the two year program.  Stephanie just completed her clinical externship at Bay Cities which involved completing 350 hours of hands-on work in a veterinary practice.  Congratulations Stephanie!

Unfortunately two of our veterinarians have left the practice.  Dr. Shannan Noorlander will not be returning to general practice after her maternity leave.  Dr. Tanya Fournier has decided to make a career change and try her hand at full-time emergency medicine at a new emergency clinic that is opening in Toronto.  We are sorry to see both of them go and will miss them. 

Clinic Activities

Our staff "heartworm party" (aka summer barbeque) was held at Dr. Fox's home on July 6th.  As usual, it was a great excuse to get our staff and their significant others together for some R & R.  We enjoyed burgers, sausages and a delicious dessert that Georgia made called "Sex in a Pan". 

On July 12th our staff travelled to the Royal Canin Canadian headquarters in Guelph for a tour of their state-of-the-art pet food plant.  It was a very informative evening and we were all thoroughly impressed by the quality of their facilities and care that they take to produce excellent diets for dogs and cats.

On Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25, 2010, Dr. Burtis participated in the 2010 RONA Bike Ride to raise funds in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. On the first day, cyclists ride the 75 kilometers from Grand Bend, on Lake Huron, to London. Overnight accommodations and meals are provided by the MS Society in residences at the University of Western Ontario. The next morning, it's back on the bicycles to ride the 75 kilometers back to Grand Bend.  This is the second year Dr. Burtis has taken part in this event. He wishes to thank clients, family and friends who donated $1435.00 in support of his ride. This year there were 1750 people registered for the ride and over one million dollars was raised to help people with MS and to assist with research toward a cure for this disease.