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.
You are what you eat, and the same is true for your pet
Nutrition is one of the most important factors when it comes to maintaining optimal health for your pet. Like humans, animals can’t survive on diet that’s high in fat, sugars, salt and preservatives. So, how do you choose the best diet for your pet? Dr. Christine Coghlan is a veterinarian and practice owner at Preston Animal Clinic in Cambridge, Ont. She understands the stress people face when trying to make the best choices for their pet’s health. She says a high-quality diet can have a big impact on an animal’s health. “Improving nutrition has prolonged many of my patient’s lives,” she says. “For example, animals afflicted with kidney problems have seen an improvement in their conditions and overall quality of life through a more balanced, nutritious diet plan.” CLICK HERE TO READ MORE...
Risks that marijuana poses to pets
Veterinarians say they’re seeing an increasing number of dogs sickened after ingesting marijuana, and are warning pet owners to take care as Canada enters a new era of Cannabis legalization. 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...
It's Holiday Season. Be Prepared!
It's the holiday season and with the fun come hazards for your pets. A variety of plants can be problematic, so care should be taken if they are around pets. Lilies and Amaryllis are extremely toxic especially for cats so be sure they do not ingest these plants. Poinsettias are mildly irritating to the mouth and throat because of the sap contained in the bright red "leaves". Holly and Mistletoe can also be irritating and cause gastrointestinal issues.
"People" food can cause a variety of ailments, with chocolate high on the list of no-nos; chocolate and cocoa are very toxic to both cats and dogs. Other types of candy, including raisins, can also be toxic or problematic for your pets so be sure they don't ingest these sweets. Turkey bones and gravy can also create digestive issues or blockages so it's not a good idea to share your Christmas dinner with your pets.
Decorations such as ribbon, bows and tinsel are very dangerous for cats and dogs if they ingest them; be sure to keep these out of reach!
Lastly, holiday lights can also be dangerous if your pet decides to chew through the cord.
Don't let these dangers discourage you though... with a bit of planning, your pets can avoid any problems and you can truly enjoy the season. However, if you notice your pet exhibiting any strange symptoms, don't delay in calling your vet for an assessment.
SafePet program helps keep pets safe while victims of abuse seek help
Research shows that more than half of victims of abuse say they delayed leaving their partners due to concern for their pets’ safety, which is why an organization called SafePet Program is offering a free foster program to those using shelters in Toronto. Many shelters offering support to victims of domestic abuse do not allow pets unless they are registered service animals. The SafePet program arranges foster homes for these pets, ensuring they are well taken care of while the victim receives the support they need. SafePet is the flagship program of a non-profit called Link Coalition Toronto, an organization that educates others about the link between domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and animal abuse. 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...