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Foreign Body Finds

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Surgery to remove foreign material is necessary when the pet has eaten something and it cannot be vomited up nor passed through the guts.

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Photo #1 – This item is a piece from a cat toy. The elastic string holds the toy and the plastic cap fits onto the fishing wand. A great reminder that even store bought toys made especially for our pets, can be dangerous. Be sure to inspect toys closely and supervise your pets during play time.

Photo #2 – A mixture of stuffing from a toy mixed with grass on the left hand side.  On the right, a tag/clip from a glove.

Photo #3 – Kitty ate some ribbon from Valentines Day flowers.

Photo #4 – A nerf dart

Photo #5 – This foreign body find consists of carpet fibers from a door mat. The image on the left is of the solid matted fibers found during surgery. This would not have passed naturally. The image on the right is after inspection of the mass.

Photo #6 –  Meat skewer – the patient ate two of them, and vomited up one. The second was was successfully removed with surgery

Photo #7 -These bone fragments were successfully removed from a dogs rectum. Eating bones can result in a variety of medical problems including broken teeth, mouth and tongue injuries. Bones can get stuck or poke holes in the esophagus, windpipe, stomach, or intestines.

Photo #8 – Tapeworm

Photo #9 -naso-pharyngeal polyp – a benign growth that can be seen in the back of a cat’s throat, the middle ear, and above the soft palate.

Photo #10 – Large stick successfully surgically removed , lodged inside the mouth of a large breed dog, narowly missing vital structures.

Photo #11 – Nylon

Photo #12 – Unknown obstruction

Photo #13 – Foam piece from interlocking floor mat

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Tick Talk!

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Each year, as tick activity increases in most parts of Canada, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations’(CVMA) ‘Tick Talk’ campaign, reminds Canadians how important it is to be informed about ticks and the potential hazards ticks pose for you and your pets.


The ‘Tick Talk‘ website ( offers a series of educational videos that answer your questions and set straight some misconceptions about ticks.


Contact your veterinarian for more information on tick prevention, awareness and to set up a tick control program for your pet.


Victoria Day – May 20, 2019

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A friendly reminder that Clinton Veterinary Services will be CLOSED on Monday May 20, 2019

While our staff observes the statutory holiday. We will re-open on Tuesday May 21, 2019 at 8:30am

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable long weekend!

Save 5% when order your pets food and parasite protection online. Visit our website or inquire within for more details.

If your pet has an emergency outside of business hours, please contact the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital. 519.432.3300.

Fear Free Certified

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Fear Free provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners.

Courses are developed and written by the most respected veterinary and pet experts in the world, including boarded veterinary behaviorists, boarded veterinary anesthesiologists, pain experts, boarded veterinary internists, veterinary technicians (behavior), experts in shelter medicine, animal training, grooming, boarding, and more.

By closely listening to the needs of the profession and those of pet owners, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice, providing unparalleled education on emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets.

As a Fear Free Certified Professional team, we want to make your pet’s veterinary experience as enjoyable and as stress free as possible.  By modifying our procedures, handling, and facilities we are helping pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.


FDA Cautions pet owners not to feed raw food

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FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not to Feed Their Pets Three Lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Raw Dog Food Due to Salmonella.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets three lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw dog food after samples from these lots tested positive for Salmonella.

The FDA is issuing this alert because these three lots of Darwin’s Natural Pet Products raw dog food represent a serious threat to human and animal health and are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they contain Salmonella. Salmonella can affect both human and animal health. Pets can get sick from Salmonella and may also be carriers of the bacteria and pass it onto their human companions without appearing to be ill.

People who think their pets have become ill after consuming contaminated pet food are encouraged to contact their veterinarian.

Follow this link to view the full article

Canine Brucellosis is an increasing concern in North America

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Canine brucellosis is a zoonotic disease found world-wide. It is an increasing concern in North America due to importation of infected breeding dogs and semen for artificial insemination.

Brucella Canis is the most common species found in dogs. It is most often transmitted through direct dog-to-dog contact via infected body fluids and tissues (e.g. vaginal discharge, abortedfetus, placenta, semen, urine).

Although dogs rarely spread the infection to people, it does occur and infected people can become very sick.

For more information please speak with your Veterinarian.

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Ontario Rabies Update

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In December 2018, 1 new case of rabies raccoon strain in one skunk (Hamilton) was identified. Currently there are 449 cases of raccoon strain, and 21 cases of fox strain rabies in Ontario to date.

For updates related to the rabies situation in Ontario follow http://OntarioAnimalHealthNetwork

What is Rabies? This almost always fatal disease is a threat to our pets.

Find out more here: Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians Rabies Response Program

Contact your veterinarian today to learn more about vaccinating your animals for rabies, or to determine what you should do if your pet has come into contact with another animal that may have rabies.

New Year, New You!

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Congratulations to all of the pets who are making strides to improve their health in 2019!

Help improve the health and over all well-being of your pet.  Ask us how you can get started on a healthy weight loss plan for your pet!

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Philo thanks London Regional Veterinary Emergency Hospital

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Dorothy, RVT at Clinton Veterinary Services and her husband Wayne, recently had the experience of visiting the London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital.  Their cat Philo, a 2 year old domestic shorthair neutered male cat who is normally very active, healthy and an avid hunter suddenly became dull, depressed and would not eat.  Dorothy started by bringing Philo to Clinton Veterinary Services, where he was treated with fluids and medications to bring his fever down.  Various tests were not showing any source of infection, however Philo was not improving and infact was increasingly dull, depressed and had difficulty breathing.  Heading into the weekend, Dorothy and her husband decided to take Philo to the London Regional Veterinary Emergency Hospital where he would receive around the clock care.

“The staff were fantastic!” Dorothy and Wayne report that the staff at the emergency clinic were professional, sympathetic, attentive and efficient.  The admitting veterinarian, Dr. Alex Easler, provided a guarded prognosis but said they would do what they could.  Philo was hospitalized for several days as they investigated his illness and treated his symptoms. Dorothy and her husband received daily detailed updates from the attending doctors, including Dr. Lillywhite and veterinary technicians as well as the Internal Medicine specialist Dr. Katherine Woods.  Dr. Alex even checked in on Philo on his time off!  Philo loves people and is always purring, so even when not feeling well, he appreciated all of the attention.  Philos owners visited as often as they were able while the veterinary hospital kept them fully informed about costs, including rationale for the various tests and choice of treatments.  After several days, Philo started to improve and was able to go home to continue his recovery.  Although all tests came back ‘normal’, the source of Philo’s illness was never diagnosed. 

Philo, Dorothy and Wayne are grateful to London Regional Veterinary Emergency and Referral Hospital and highly recommend their services.  They are happy to report that the treatment and care that Philo received was successful and he is once again a healthy, happy cat! 

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