Dr. Gemmill is awarded OVMA Outstanding Veterinarian of the Year!
We are so proud to have Dr. Gemmill, owner of the Cornell Animal Hospital in Guelph Ontario, awarded with the OVMA Outstanding Veterinarian of the Year for 2019! Dr. Gemmill has given a lifetime of service to the veterinary field and continues to do so. His compassionate and caring attitude for his patients and clients is the hallmark of Cornell - as demonstrated by his entire team. Give us a call or drop in anytime to arrange a tour or set up an appointment, and be part of Dr. Gemmill’s "Lifetime of Compassion".
Welcome to the Cornell Animal Hospital!
As the owner of the Cornell Animal Hospital, I am proud to offer you the utmost in services and high quality veterinary care for your furry friends. Each year we strive to do more for our clients, through the introduction of various programs and plans that will help to make the experience at Cornell exceptional from start to finish. We will welcome you and your pets into our clinic with warmth and compassion, as we have been doing since 1987.
Dr. Mark Gemmill, Owner
PLANS AND PROGRAMS TO SAVE YOU MONEY!
Cornell offers you a number of programs and plans that can help you manage your spending while providing your furry friends with the best possible care.
Hong Kong Dog with Coronavirus Tests Negative after Quarantine
The Hong Kong pooch with a “low-level” coronavirus infection has reportedly tested negative for the deadly bug. The ailing pet was placed in quarantine after oral and nasal tests at an animal facility showed traces of the bug in its system on Feb. 26. On Thursday, the dog showed signs of recovery, when a blood test came back showing “there are currently not measurable amounts of antibodies in the blood,” the Washington Post reported. Despite the results, Hong Kong authorities still believe the dog could be a carrier of COVID-19, and are keeping the canine in isolation until that possibility is ruled out. However, medical experts note that some mild infections are not strong enough to produce antibodies that would even appear in test results. “The repeated earlier test results support this being a true infection,” J. Scott Weese, a professor at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, told the Washington Post. “It wouldn’t be surprising for this to be a low-grade infection because dogs are not thought to be very good hosts for this virus.” Authorities believe the dog contracted COVID-19 from its owner, but there is “no evidence” pets transmit the virus to humans.
Congratulations to Dr. Gemmill for his 2019 OVMA "Outstanding Veterinarian Award "!
Dr. Mark Gemmill began a career as a dairy farmer after graduating from agriculture college in 1984. Three years later, he returned to the University of Guelph and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1993. In 2000, Dr. Gemmill became a partner of the Cornell Animal Hospital in Guelph, Ont., and eventually became sole owner in 2003.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Gemmill has made extraordinary contributions to the veterinary profession, serving on the OVMA Board for 17 years, with five years on the Executive Committee and as the association’s President in 2015. Dr. Gemmill also represented OVMA on the VSTEP Board of Directors for 12 years, as well as served on OVMA’s pet insurance program and public relations task forces. In addition, Dr. Gemmill was a founding member of the Farley Foundation’s Board of Directors, serving on the board for 14 years, five of which he was President.
Dr. Terra Wakeford chosen as Emerging Leader
Our very own Dr. Terra Wakeford was recently chosen as one of only two veterinarians from Ontario to participate in the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Emerging Leaders Program. The Program, sponsored by Virox Animal Health, is a highly interactive eight-hour workshop spread across two half-days. In addition to the eight-hour ELP session, participants are also invited to attend some of CVMA’s signature events including the CVMA Summit and the CVMA AGM and Awards Luncheon. The Program was created to help bring joy back into the workplace by teaching graduates and experienced professionals alike how to cope with a variety of challenges encountered in veterinary practice. It gives an opportunity for individuals to explore their approach to personal and professional accomplishment and their working relationship with colleagues. This is an amazing opportunity for Dr. Terra, and a real feather in her cap. Congratulations Terra!
Sixteen pet food brands may be linked to increased risk of canine heart disease
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a list of 16 pet food brands that may be linked to increased risk canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The investigation, which began in July 2018, was conducted to determine a cause of the drastic increase in reports of DCM in dogs, including breeds without genetic predisposition.
Brands named in the report include Acana, Zignature, Taste of the Wild, 4Health, Earthborn Holistic, Blue Buffalo, Nature’s Domain, Fromm, Merrick, California Natural, Natural Balance, Orijen, Nature’s Variety, NutriSource, Nutro and Rachael Ray Nutrish. Many of the foods identified are labeled as “grain-free” and contain a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds and potatoes.
Although most commonly reported in larger dogs, some smaller dogs and a few cats have also developed the disease. Due to the complexity of the issue, the FDA has announced it will continue to investigate the link between pet food ingredients and DCM.
To read the full report and learn more, visit the FDA website.
NEW! Ontario Vet Medical Association Pet Insurance
The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), in partnership with Petline Insurance Company, is launching the first pet insurance program designed and backed by Ontario’s veterinarians. The OVMA Pet Health Insurance Program is designed to be easy and accessible for pet owners, offering no-surprise, complete coverage, quick (often same day) claims processing, and an industry-first 24/7 hotline to confirm coverage. The program, which is available through OVMA member veterinarians, addresses the issues that have often plagued pet insurance in the past. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from each policy goes to support the Farley Foundation, a charity that helps low-income pet owners in Ontario by subsidizing the cost of veterinary care for their pets. To learn more about the specifics of this new insurance program CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
Ticks and Your Pets - In and Around Guelph
Ticks will become active when temperatures reach 4°C, so early preventive measures for pets are important. The hardest part about treating ticks and Lyme disease is that bites aren’t always visible, which makes regular check-ups with your veterinarian important. Here are some tips to help you identify and treat ticks and prevent Lyme disease:
- Preventive medicines, including a monthly chewable or topical skin solution, can keep ticks and fleas at bay.
- Don’t feed deer. They can carry ticks that transmit Lyme disease.
- Remove items from your yard that may act as a home for ticks such as debris, brush, weeds and leaves.
- Stay on marked paths and keep pets leashed when walking through wooded areas.