Abbeydale Animal Hospital Winter Newsletter

Canine Blood Donors Needed

Does your pet have what it takes to help others? The London Veterinary Emergency Clinic needs new canine donors to join their blood donor program. Due to the loss of several of their regular canine donors (either due to age or illness), they are having difficulty keeping up with the demand. The blood that is donated through this program not only supplies the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in London, it also provides blood for many of your local veterinary clinics and hospitals, including our patients here at Abbeydale Animal Hospital.

Great Danes and Greyhounds are usually the best canine blood donors due to there size and good nature, but all larger breeds are welcome and considered.

Criteria to be a donor:
– Healthy & even-tempered
– Between 1-6 years of age (Dogs are retired at 8 years of age)
– Has current vaccinations
– Weighs greater than 25kg (approx. 50lb.) and has healthy body condition.
– Is on regular heartworm prevention
– Is negative for infectious diseases and has A- Blood type (testing provided complimentary of the emergency clinic, if the pet meets the above requirements)

Benefits to donors:
– Yearly examination performed by a veterinarian at the London Veterinary Emergency Clinic
– Yearly vaccinations courtesy of the London Veterinary Emergency Clinic
– Yearly early disease detection testing (CBC & Biochemistry)
– Annual heartworm testing
– Heartworm medication provided

Anyone who has a dog that fits the criteria and would like further information about the blood donor program please contact:

London Veterinary Emergency Clinic
41 Adelaide St. N. Unit #43
London, Ontario
N6B 3P4

TightRope® CCL

We wanted to take the opportunity in this newsletter to share something that has been exciting and new for us over the past year. We are now performing TightRope CCL (Cranial Cruciate Ligament) reconstruction surgery.

The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is one of the main stabilizing structures of the knee (stifle) joint in the hind limbs of dogs. Deficiency of the CCL is the most common orthopedic problem in dogs and inevitably results in degenerative joint disease (arthritis) in the knee joint. The TightRope CCL was developed a few years ago to provide a minimally invasive and improved method for extra capsular stabilization of the CCL. This technique does not require cutting of bone like some other methods of CCL repair. Instead, it uses small drill holes in the femur and tibia to pass a synthetic ligament-like biomaterial through a small incision to provide bone-to-bone stabilization during healing. The biomaterial used for the TightRope CCL is called FibreTape®. This is a Kevlar-like material that is used extensively in human surgery for many orthopedic applications. This material has properties that make it stronger and less prone to failure than any other suture material being used for CCL reconstructions.

Dr.Storey and our team were trained in the procedure in September 2011 by Dr..Mitchell Gillik, who travelled from Toronto were he works at the Toronto Veterinary Emergency Hospital specializing in surgical referral. Dr.Storey and our technicians have since preformed 10 successful TightRope CCL reconstructions within the last year with 1 more booked at the time this newsletter was written.

We are excited to be offering our clients and patients this innovative surgery technique as, in many cases, it will be the better method due to the strength and durability of the implant and the minimally invasive technique.

Gift Certificates

Looking for a unique and thoughtful gift for the pet owners in your life? We have gift certificates available in any denomination that can be used towards any product or service here at our hospital!

The Abbeydale Smile

Names: Rambo & Rocky

Age: 3

Breed: Pug

Favorite Treat: MilkBone Soft & Chewy

Favorite Toy: Any squeaky critter dolls

Fun Facts:
-Rambo & Rocky were rescue dogs. When their owners heard their story, they could not bear to separate them so they adopted them both!
-They love to run through the woods acting like they are one of the “big dogs”.
-Even with only one eye, Rambo does not notice the impairment; he doesn’t spend much time looking in the mirror, so he doesn’t know he is different.
-Rocky does a handstand on his two front legs EVERY time he “poops”!

February is National Pet Dental Month

Good dental care is one of the most loving and beneficial things we can do for our pets!

Proper dental health care can:

-Add 3-5 happy years to a dog or cat’s life span
-Prevent heart, liver and kidney disease
-Prevent bad breath and PAIN!

Some things you can do to improve your pet’s dental hygiene are:

-Brush your pet’s teeth, starting them at an early age will help to get them used to regular brushings throughout their life.
-Introduce a water additive to your pet’s daily water supply. These are designed to help reduce plaque, tartar and bad breath.
-Feed your pet a diet or treats designed to maintain oral health by “scrubbing” the teeth as they chew. Ask us for a recommendation.
-Regular check ups with your veterinarian will help to catch dental disease early, giving us the chance to schedule a cleaning to slow the progression of plaque and tartar helping to minimize any further damage.

For more information on companion animal dental care, or to learn how to brush your pet’s teeth, visit, or feel free to contact us at Abbeydale Animal Hospital.

Hospital News – The Donation Tree

This holiday season, we at Abbeydale Animal Hospital, wanted to do something to help our local animal shelters. So our clinic kitty, Necki, has decided he would like to play Santa “Paws” to all of the pets who don’t have a home for the holidays.

We will be setting up a donation tree in the clinic to help Necki raise some much needed money and supplies that he can deliver to the local animal care facilities, Animal Aide and Pets Friends 4 Life.

We invite you to drop in and purchase an ornament to hang on Necki’s tree in the name of your family pet or loved one. All proceeds will help bring holiday cheer to various pets in need in our community.

New Hospital Hours and Services

Starting at the end of November 2012, we will be offering evening appointments to help accommodate your busy work schedules.

We will now be open late on Tuesdays, from 7:30am to 8:00pm

Also, we are introducing a free, after hours telephone service (see below for hours). If you are calling after clinic hours, and you think you may have an emergency situation with your pet, you will be able to reach one of our qualified technicians by phone to assess whether or not your pet needs to go to the London Veterinary Emergency Clinic.

This service will be available after normal clinic hours until 10 p.m. from Monday to aturday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

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