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Catching Songbird Fever Doesn’t Sound Nice

As beautiful as they are to watch, those brassy bluejays, delicate finches and other songbirds can carry disease, so keep hygiene at the top of the list when managing bird feeders or houses. We’ve already seen at least one likely case of “Songbird Fever” at Hillcrest Animal Hospital this spring. It was in a cat […]

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The single largest health threat or disease condition in dogs and cats is identical to the largest one in humans. It is obesity. Recent estimates suggest that almost half of our pets are overweight (45%) to one degree or another. Within our practice approximately 10% of our canine patients are obese, with another 10% being […]

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Cat Spays

There’s more than one way to spay a cat! The average North American veterinarian will have spayed thousands of cats and dogs by the time she or he retires. Routine stuff, for the most part; an incision here, sutures there, remove these bits and close up. We all pretty much do the procedure the same […]

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Melamine Warning

Here is the latest update we have from the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association on the melamine issue: Follow-up notice: Chicken Jerky Treats Suspected of Causing Toxic Reaction in Dogs Several weeks ago, OVMA posted a notice in Newshound regarding a call we received from a member concerning three small dogs that had been exhibiting symptoms […]

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Puppy Nutrition

For the basics in dog nutrition please read the Canine Nutrition article we have posted. For most of us it makes obvious sense that you need to feed a growing puppy differently from they way that you feed a full grown dog. Will a puppy survive and grow on adult dog food? Yes. Will it […]

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Veterinarian giving a cat a vaccination

What you need to know about kitten vaccinations

Kittens will get vaccinations at 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks, then annually. Overview A vaccine is a substance created to incite an immune response for a particular disease.  It needs to be given multiple times to a kitten to initiate his immune system. 

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Last updated: December 14, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!



We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Nutrition Centre Only)
Sunday: Closed


Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Hillcrest Animal Hospital