Farewell message from Dr. Gemmill
I know that some of you may have already heard the news
but for those who have not, I wanted to write this letter,
so no one was surprised when they came to the clinic.
After much thought and reflection, I have sold the Cornell
Animal Hospital to my associate and Guelph native, Dr. Terra Wakeford.
Dr. Wakeford started with me in 2004 as a high school student working
on reception and has been with us pretty much ever since. My longtime associate,
Dr. Kharli Friske is continuing her excellent medicine with the clinic,
and we have hired an enthusiastic new OVC graduate, Dr. Aaron Amadio,
to provide the same level of care and attention that you have come to expect.
Dr. Wakeford will be returning from her maternity leave the end of
November and at that time,I will be officially retiring.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for entrusting their pet's care
with me over the last 24 years. Dr. Cornell passed wonderful clients on to me and I
truly believe that I am doing the same for Dr. Wakeford. It has been my genuine
pleasure to have been able to get to know you during my time at the clinic. I will
cherish for many years to come the friendships and memories you have given me
over the years. I received much more from all of you than I could ever give back,
and for that, I am truly grateful.
Dr. Cornell retired knowing that he had left the clinic in good hands, and I feel
exactly the same way. I know that the team at the Cornell Animal Hospital will
continue to provide the highest level of care to your cherished loved ones and
that makes my leaving possible. I wish you all nothing but health and happiness
for the future. Thanks for making my career the best one I could have ever imagined.
Welcome to the Cornell Animal Hospital!
We are 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.
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.
Has a new furry friend been added to your family?
Manage your monthly spending while giving the best care for your little furry friend with our new
Wellness Payment Plans.
At Cornell, we realize that the first year with a new kitten or puppy can be expensive, providing them with all the appropriate vaccinations followed by a spay or neuter. To make this easier for you, we have rolled our vaccinations and the accompanying spay or neuter into one simple Wellness Program. This program is set up to equalize the payments for these services over an 8 or 12-month period, making it much easier to budget for these initial costs for your furry friend. Payments are set up using a secure site for Visa, Mastercard or Visa Debit processing, with billing done on either the 15th or 28th of each month. There is NO SIGN-UP FEE and NO HIDDEN COSTS. This is a simple plan to help you budget your primary care costs for your new puppy or kitten. No gimmicks, no complexities; just straight-forward, transparent costing for your ease and peace of mind.
CALL THE CLINIC TODAY FOR MORE DETAILS!
It's Getting Dark Out. Stay Visible... and Other Safety Tips
It's that time of year when the days are short and the nights are long. Be sure to stay well lit when walking with your dog after dark. Glow-in-the-dark collars and leashes are a great way to stay visible on your nighttime walks.
It's also the time of year for other outdoor and indoor hazards:
- Piles of fall leaves: Although fun for dogs to jump in, they can harbour ticks, so be sure that your dog is on prevention medication, and do visual tick checks.
- Mushrooms: Fall - like Spring - brings out mushrooms. While many of them are harmless, some can be poisonous so, to be safe, prevent your dog from eating mushrooms.
- Safety with Holiday Food: Chocolate is prevalent at this time of year and is very toxic to dogs. Rich treats such as turkey and gravy can be difficult for your pet to digest and can cause digestive upsets or pancreatitis.
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.