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.
Congratulations to Dr. Gemmill for his 2019 OVMA "Outstanding Veterinarian Award "!
Dr. Mark Gemmill began a career as a dairy farmer after graduating from agriculture college in 1984. Three years later, he returned to the University of Guelph and graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1993. In 2000, Dr. Gemmill became a partner of the Cornell Animal Hospital in Guelph, Ont., and eventually became sole owner in 2003.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Gemmill has made extraordinary contributions to the veterinary profession, serving on the OVMA Board for 17 years, with five years on the Executive Committee and as the association’s President in 2015. Dr. Gemmill also represented OVMA on the VSTEP Board of Directors for 12 years, as well as served on OVMA’s pet insurance program and public relations task forces. In addition, Dr. Gemmill was a founding member of the Farley Foundation’s Board of Directors, serving on the board for 14 years, five of which he was President.
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 cold and dark outside. Be Prepared!
Now that the temperature has dropped and it's dark outside, it's important to be aware of the hazards that come with the season:
- Don't leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops.
- During walks, short-haired dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater.
- Be aware that wind chill can threaten a pet's life, as well as frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage.
- Protect your dog’s paws from salt by coating them with Vaseline before walking outside. Afterwards, wipe all paws with a damp towel to remove all snow, ice and salt.
- Trim the nails and the hair around the paws if they have a lot of feathering, to help prevent ice balls from forming between the pads.
- Use leashes and collars with reflective surfaces or LED lights for good visibility while walking during hours of darkness.
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...