Address

3- 2512 Old Bronte Road,

Oakville, ON  L6M 4J3

Phone: (905) 469-2595

Fax:      (905) 825-9267

Email: reception@westoakanimalhospital.com

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday:         8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday:         8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday:        8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday:             8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday:       10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday:          Closed

In the event of an after hours emergency with your sick or injured pet, please call one of the veterinary emergency clinics below:

Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital

(905) 829-9444

Burlington Veterinary Emergency Hospital

(905) 637-8111

PET HEALTH

Pet Health

Ernest Ward, DVM; Updated by Amy Panning, DVM

Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

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The kidneys have many functions. They principally act to remove waste products from the blood stream, regulate the levels of certain essential minerals such potassium and sodium, conserve water, and produce urine. The kidneys have a large amount of spare capacity to perform their various functions so at least two-thirds (67% to 70%) of the kidneys must be dysfunctional before any clinical signs are seen.

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Ernest Ward, DVM; updated by Rania Gollakner, BS DVM

Cushing's Disease in Dogs

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Cushing's disease is a condition in which the adrenal glands overproduce certain hormones. The medical term for this disease is hyperadrenocorticism. There are three types of Cushing's disease, each of which has a different cause. Identifying the cause is important because the various types of the disease are treated differently and each has a different prognosis.

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Kristiina Ruotsalo, DVM, DVSc, Dip ACVP & Margo S. Tant BSc, DVM, DVSc

Dexamethasone Suppression Test

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Two tests use dexamethasone (a synthetic cortisol) for diagnosing Cushing's disease or Cushing's syndrome. They are the "LOW DOSE" and the "HIGH DOSE" dexamethasone suppression test.

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LifeLearn Inc.

Furosemide

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Furosemide is a diuretic. It is used to help reduce the amount of water in the pet's body by increasing the flow of urine. Furosemide is also used to treat high blood pressure and decrease the workload on the heart and arteries.

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Ernest Ward, DVM. Updated by Robin Downing, DVM, DAAPM, DACVSMR, CVPP; Amy Panning, DVM

Giardia in Dogs

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Giardiasis is an intestinal infection in humans and animals, caused by a microscopic protozoan parasite. The parasite occurs worldwide and is a common cause of "Traveler's Diarrhea" in people. Outdoor enthusiasts who inadvertently consume contaminated water may develop "beaver fever", which is another name for giardiasis in people.

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Catherine Barnette, DVM; Ernest Ward, DVM

Hepatic Lipidosis in Cats (Fatty Liver Syndrome)

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Hepatic lipidosis, also known as fatty liver syndrome, is unique to cats and is one of the most common liver diseases seen in cats. Usually a cat with hepatic lipidosis has recently gone through a period of anorexia. When fat is broken down rapidly to supply energy and nutrients to the anorectic cat, it can overwhelm the ability of the liver to process and the fat becomes stored in and around the liver cells, further compromising liver function. Diagnosis of hepatic lipidosis is made from blood tests that demonstrate poor liver function and from a liver biopsy or aspirate. This disease is treatable with aggressive nutritional support until a normal appetite returns.

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Lynn Buzhardt, DVM

Nutritional Requirements of Large and Giant Breed Puppies

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Not all puppy foods are alike. Not all pups are alike. Feeding the right diet to the right puppy is very important, especially when it comes to large or giant breed pups.

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Krista Williams, BSc, DVM; Robin Downing, DVM, CVPP, CCRP, DAAPM

Obesity in Dogs

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Obesity is the most common preventable disease in dogs affecting up to 45% of the North American dog population. Obesity contributes to disease including diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and cancer eventually causing a decreased lifespan. Obesity can be controlled with diet and exercise plans. Regular visits to the veterinarian for body condition assessment and weight checks are crucial to weight loss as is maintaining the recommended dietary intake.

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Catherine Barnette, DVM

Oclacitinib (Brand Name: Apoquel®) in Dogs

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Oclacitinib is an oral medication used to manage itching associated with allergic dermatitis (including atopy) in dogs at least 12 months of age. Oclacitinib works by inhibiting enzymes involved in itch, inflammation, and allergic reactions.

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Rania Gollakner, BS, DVM

Trilostane

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Trilostane is a treatment for hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease) and Alopecia X. It is given by mouth as a capsule, given with food. Common side effects include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and anorexia. It is contraindicated in liver or kidney disease and pregnant animals. If an Addisonian crisis or any other negative reactions occur, call your veterinary office immediately.

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