Welcome to the Cornell Animal Hospital!
As the owner of the Cornell Animal Hospital, I am 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.
Dr. Mark Gemmill, Owner
SPECIALIZED PLANS AND PROGRAMS
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.
Quote of the Month:
I used to look at my dog and think "if you were a little smarter,
you could tell me what you were thinking".
He would look at me like he was saying
"if you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to".
Fred Jung Claus
A highly infectious dog flu that has spread rapidly across Asia and parts of the U.S. has made its way into Canada. However, don't be alarmed. According to Dr. Scott Weese, a professor and infectious disease specialist at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, most dogs that develop influenza do not get seriously ill. Respiratory disease that is indistinguishable from other infectious respiratory diseases (canine infectious respiratory disease complex, also known as kennel cough) usually occurs. "It's a flu-like illness. It gives them fever, they feel pretty run down, they get a cough which is often the most remarkable sign. In most dogs that's it. It runs its course," said Weese. At this time, vets across Ontario remain vigilant so that serious infections and/or complications don't develop. If your dog shows symptoms of flu or cough, be sure to have them checked by your vet. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
"Keep Cats Safe and Save Birds' Lives" Initiative
A coalition of Guelph groups working with Nature Canada’s Keep Cats Safe & Save Birds' Lives campaign are calling on the community to help keep both safe by keeping cats from roaming outdoors unsupervised, something many cat owners allow. For cats however, roaming outdoors is a dangerous activity. Risks to unsupervised outdoor cats include: •Diseases •Cars •Fights with other cats, wildlife, dogs •Parasites such as fleas, ticks, earmites, worms •Poisoning •Getting lost. The other side of the story is that unsupervised roaming cats can be a big risk to birds and wildlife. For more information about this initiative, and to learn more about the strategies to keep your cats from roaming independently, go to www.catsandbirds.ca or CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
It's Tick Season. Be Prepared!
Ticks 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. “Animals can’t speak, but they will tell you everything you need to know through a physical exam,” says Dr. Gwen Jeun, president of the OVMA. Whether you’re headed to a national park, conservation area or just playing in your backyard, experience the outdoors with your pet with peace of mind—make an appointment with your veterinarian to talk about parasite prevention. And remember, when you’re out and about, your vet is just a phone call away. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
Risks marijuana poses to pets as legalization looms
Veterinarians say they’re seeing an increasing number of dogs sickened after ingesting marijuana, and are warning pet owners to take care as Canada prepares for cannabis legalization this year. Dr. Jeff Goodall, a veterinarian who runs the Sunnyview Animal Centre in Bedford, N.S., said he’s seeing a growing number of dogs with marijuana toxicity.“It profoundly affects the neurological system. It can progress to tremors and seizures, and they can go into a coma,” he said. “The THCs are very toxic to pets in the sense that they cause profound levels of confusion, then the dogs start to cry or vocalize and become hyperactive. They get through that period fairly quickly and then they begin to drool and become unable to walk properly,” Goodall said. Cats are not immune to the toxic side effects as well, but they are typically more selective in what they eat. They tend to lack the sweet tooth that would make cannabis edibles as attractive as they are to dogs. Goodall said he’d like to see warnings and greater public education on what marijuana can do to pets. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
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...
We're a Cat Healthy Clinic
Our clinic has created a cat-healthy environment that allows for stress-free visits with your feline friend, as laid out by the "Cat Healthy" Organization. Cat Healthy is an initiative designed to help cats get improved preventive healthcare. Cat Healthy provides Canadian veterinary professionals, cat shelters, pet stores, breeders and cat owners with health recommendations, tips, tools and tactics to help cats lead longer and happier lives. The emphasis is on preventive healthcare. To lower long-term healthcare costs and promote healthier cats, we encourage cat owners to seek more frequent preventive care from veterinary professionals. We provide ways to improve the veterinary experience for cats and cat owners – this will encourage increased cat visits and the chances of identifying problems before they become serious. To learn more about Cat Healthy CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...