Dr. Jo's Paws for Thought

Welcome to my Blog. As many of my clients know, I like to chat about pets – mine, theirs and others in general. This blog provides veterinary information, interspersed with personal commentary.

Welcoming Dr. Lynn Broadhurst

Dr. Lynn Broadhurst has been helping me out for a few years now, filling in to allow me some time away. As of this year, she joins us permanently as our Doctor on duty on Fridays.

Dr. Lynn Broadhurst, born into a thoroughbred horse racing family, spent her childhood on Windfields’ National Stud Farm in Oshawa. In public school she set her sights on a veterinary career. Throughout high school in Bramalea, she spent weekends and holidays with her dad in his racing stable following the Ontario thoroughbred circuit.

During her undergraduate years at the University of Guelph, she met her spouse Claus Hoyer. (After 43 years she says he deserves the medal). After graduation from OVC in 1977, she practiced equine and small animal medicine north of Toronto. In 1983 after the birth of Gary, their first son, Claus and Lynn moved to Anten Mills, just north of Barrie. Lynn practiced small animal medicine in Barrie while Claus set up his accounting practice. After their second son Greg, was born in 1986, Lynn became an associate in a small animal mobile practice.

A first time grandma of a gorgeous baby girl, Lynn is eager to add grandparenting to her list of hobbies. They include fishing and cottaging/ golf/music and theatre going as well as keeping house for Gus and Lizzie, the 2 felines pictured below.

“ I am proud and excited to be a member of Colborne Street Pet Hospital with Dr. Joanne and her wonderful staff. Their dedication to veterinary medicine and their clients’ and patients’ well being is exceptional”

Lynn Broadhurst

 

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    Gus

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary in October 2016

img09720 years ago, I made the decision to buy my own clinic. This allowed me the freedom to make the choices about how I wanted to practice veterinary medicine. Being able to shape the identity of our clinic based on my philosophy of veterinary medicine has been the highlight of my career. Continue reading

Broken toe nails

Broken toe nails are an injury that pet owners occasionally have to deal with. Most often they occur due to trauma – running or playing on a hard surface, getting caught on something, or banging up against an object. Pet nails have a blood supply called the quick. When this is damaged, the nail bleeds. Though the amount of blood loss is rarely serious, trying to stop the oozing can be difficult. Applying pressure with a cloth for two minutes, then keeping your pet as quiet as possible, is what I recommend. If you cannot stop the bleeding, calling the clinic for assistance is the next step. Continue reading

Feline Infectious Peritonitis: Milo’s Story

 

Milo faceLast November Milo, and his kitty buddy Mumford, were adopted into their new home. Two kittens usually have energy to spare, love to play hard, and try to keep up with each other. Around Christmas time, the family noticed some changes happening to Milo. His tummy was becoming bigger, and by January, he was eating only half of his usual amount of food. His energy level had dropped substantially, especially noticeable in comparison to Mumford. Milo came to see me on January 19.

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Social Media and ……….. Merry Christmas!

2015 has been the first full year of social media for me, and it is still an adjustment. I’d like to get more traffic onto our Facebook Page, so if you are a member, visit our page and ‘like’ us. I try and post local lost and found pets through the Orillia SPCA, so every little bit of exposure helps. I update our website gallery weekly with new patient pictures, so check in often. They are located in the Gallery of Friends when you click on the About Us tab.
If you have fun pet videos or pictures, send them to info@colbornestreetpethospital.com. I can post them on our Facebook page and use them as a resource for my blogs. I welcome any suggestions for blog topics. Just send them to the same email address. Continue reading

Cat abscesses

Cats are a territorial species. Confrontation with other cats usually results in a shouting match, but it can escalate to full contact fighting when the cats are outside. Bite wounds are particularly nasty, since the bacteria in the mouth and on the teeth get through the skin and into the underlying tissue. The skin wound heals over and seals the bacteria inside. This sets up an infection that forms a pus pocket we call an abscess.

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Ultrasound tests for your pet

Patches is relaxed and comfortable during her ultrasound,

Patches is relaxed and comfortable during her ultrasound,

Ultrasound imaging is very familiar to us as human patients. For pets, it was always available on a referral basis. Now we can offer this service at our clinic. We have an experienced animal ultrasound technician who will come to our clinic to do the procedure. The digital images are sent to a board certified veterinary radiologist or cardiologist who reads the recording and sends the final report to me, usually within 24 hours.

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