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We are proud to be serving clients from the York and Durham Regions; including but not limited to the surrounding communities such as Mount Albert, Sharon, Queensville, Newmarket, Georgina, Keswick, Sutton, Uxbridge & Stouffville.

Drop in and say hi to Dr. Angela and her team any time!  We look forward to seeing you!

We accommodate to all of our two and four legged friends and this includes wheelchair access at our hospital.  The YRT stops at our door!

                                   

        

 

It has Arrived!

Our newest addition to EGVH is the Idexx Sediview. This machine can run a complete urinalysis in just 3 minutes start to finish. It takes 70 high definition images that can evaluate if there are any white blood cells, red blood cells, bacteria and crystals. It will also tell us how many are present, if there are any.

 

 
 

 

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Tick Season is back once again!

Ticks are active above 4 degrees, although, due to climate change we are starting to see them earlier in the beginning of the year, and later towards the end of the year. We are now encouraging tick prevention for your pets 12 months of the year.

Ticks do not just carry Lyme disease, they carry other diseases as well that can be transferred to your pet, like Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, and many others.

There is a new tick that is being seen coming into Canada, the Lone Star tick. The Lone Star tick will actively search out a blood meal (you and your pets). For humans, a bite from the Lone Star tick will cause you to have an allergic reaction to red meat.

For more information on ticks and how to protect yourself against Lyme disease please call 1-866-532-3161 (Toll Free) or 1-416-314-5518 (Toronto)

http://www.tickencounter.org

For more information on how to keep your dogs and cats safe during this tick season, please call us at 905-473-1659, or email us at egvh@egvet.ca

 

Want to learn more about ticks and Lyme disease in your area?  Click HERE for more information.  

 
 
 
 
Want to see where and what we've been involved in?  Go to our NEWS tab for information on upcoming and past events!

Dr. Angela's Message

A message from our veterinarian:

Hello Everyone! I am so pleased to now be open and be able to provide medical and preventive health care for our pets in York and Durham Regions!  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pets health please call, email us, or just drop by, we would be happy to hear from you. Along with providing high quality care for you pets I have a strong background in public health, including completion of a Master of Public Health degree in 2012. This may cause you to scratch your head but veterinarians are highly trained in zoonotic infectious diseases (diseases transferred between animals and humans). It is this knowledge that allows us to be an important resource and sometimes important part of your health care team. Drop by and ask me how and why this is important to you and your family. 

 

Echinococcus is on the rise in Ontario

What is Echinococcus?

Echinococcus is a tapeworm. Tapeworms are parasites that live in the small intestines of many different animals, including humans.

What animals host this tapeworm?

Foxes, wild canids such as coyotes and wolves are the definitive hosts. A definitive host is one that carries the adult tapeworm in the intestines and shes the eggs in its feces.
Small prey animals such as mice, voles, and rats, but also, rabbits, sheep and moose are intermediate hosts. An intermediate host is one that has the cyst stage of the parasite in the body tissue, and it then eaten by the definitive host.
Dogs and humans can be accidental intermediate hosts.

How do I get infected?

People can be infected with the cyst form if they swallow eggs from the feces of an infected host - both domestic and feral dogs and cats.
People will not get the intestinal tapeworm if they eat meat containing the cysts.

Why is Echinococcus such a big concern for humans?

- It is a potentially nasty parasitic disease that can act a lot like a tumour.
- By the time it is recognized, treatment can be difficult.
- Since the incubation period is 5-15 years, infections identified now developed many years ago, and there are probably other people who are infected and don't yet know it.

How do I prevent infection in me, my family and my pets?

1) Have a fecal test done at least once a year on your pets feces. However, if your pet is running around in the country where wildlife feces exists, it is recommended that a fecal test be done several times per year.
2) Regular deworming with Praziquantel - as of January 2019, Dr. Scott Weese at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, now recommends monthly deworming for those dogs running off leash, hunting and eating live or dead rodents.
3) Practice good hand hygiene
4) If working with soil in the region, which could be contaminated, always wear gloves and ash your hands thoroughly when done.

How is Echinococcus diagnosed and treated in humans?

Echinococcus may grow for years without causing any signs of illness. Cysts most often occur in the liver and lungs, but can also occur in the brain. Abdominal pain, chest pain or coughing, or neurological signs and seizures could develop depending on the location the cysts occur. Xrays, CT scans or MRI's can find the lesions. A blood test will confirm the diagnosis.
Surgery and antiparasitic drugs are used to treat it. With proper care, 96-98% of patients survive.

For more information on Echinococcus please visit www.wormsandgermsblog.com/files/2008/04/M2-Echinococcus.pdf

 

 

See Our Progress

We've renovated the old convenience store at the corner of Mount Albert Road and McCowan Road into a new veterinary clinic.

This is where we started in 2015, to what we are now in 2019.

See our service page for more interior pictures.