Clinic Renovations

♫ Summer Time, Summer Time, Sum-Sum-Summertime ♫♪♫

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Finally the weather is warming up. After what seemed like an eternity of rain we have sunshine and blue skies.

This is the time of year to remember that we need to take special care of our four-legged friends when it’s hot outside.

Leaving your pet in a hot car, even for a few minutes, can be life threatening. Researchers have studied how long it takes for a car to heat up on a hot day. The findings were alarming: in less than an hour the inside temperature of a car parked in the sun on a day that reached 35 degrees C or hotter, hit an average of 47 degrees C!

Cars parked in the shade on a hot day had lower – but still scorching – temperatures. After 1 hour, the interior temperature of these cars reached an average of 38 degrees C.

The dashboards of these cars averaged 48 degrees C, the steering wheel averaged 42 degrees C, and the seats averaged 41 degrees C. It is never safe to leave a pet unattended in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down.

If you see a pet left in a car you can call 310-SPCA (7722), your local SPCA or Humane Society, or your local police.


Another thing that we need to be careful of is the temperature of asphalt. Unless you’re walking around barefoot it’s easy to forget just how hot the pavement can be. Use the “5 second rule” to determine if it’s cool enough for your pet’s feet. Place the back of your hand on the pavement where you want to walk your dog. If it’s too hot to leave it there for 5 seconds it’s too hot for the pads of your dog’s feet. Serious burns can occur.

Stay safe and have a great summer! 

magnified Mosquito

Heartworm testing

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4DX Plus. This test shows a blue dot for a positive control only. The test is negative for heartworm and tick-borne diseases.

Each year starting April 15th we begin drawing blood samples from dogs 6 months of age or older. With the antigen test that we use we are actually looking for the presence of adult heartworms that your dog may have picked up the previous year. Heartworms need to be at least 6 months old for our test to detect them. The test also screens for exposure to 4 different tick-borne diseases., the most well known being Lyme disease. We use Idexx’s Snap 4DX Plus test and each dog is tested individually, usually while you wait. All we need is 3 drops of blood and 10 minutes.

Heartworm is an insidious disease that is spread by mosquitoes that carry the heartworm larvae. It can take upwards of 3-5 years for your dog to show any symptoms of the disease.

Immature heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) seen under microscope in our own lab using Difil method and stain.

We’ve had a few dogs this year that have tested positive for tick-borne diseases, and one dog that has tested positive for heartworm disease. Heartworm is very serious in our area, with pockets of it all along the Grand River all the way to Lake Erie. Heartworm disease can be easily prevented, but treatment for a positive dog can be very expensive and just as dangerous to the health of the dog as the disease itself. Untreated dogs will eventually succumb to the disease, as it will progress to pulmonary and cardiac failure.

If you have any questions about heartworm, or tick borne diseases such as Lyme, please let us know.

Snap reader shows results and saves them in patient file.

How Do I Bring My Cat to the Vet?

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Is bringing your kitty to the clinic a nightmare? Do you end up scratched and bleeding and still not have him in his carrier? This is an all too common problem for cat owners and the result is far too many kitties not receiving the veterinary care that they need.

We can make it easier for you and your kitty with a few simple steps:

  • Make your cat love his carrier.

Leave the carrier out and open so your cat can go in and out whenever he likes. Put blankets in the carrier. Use pheromone wipes or sprays such as Feliway in the carrier and on the blanket. Put food and treats in the carrier and after he starts going in on his own close the door for brief periods of time. Then start taking your kitty for short rides in the car. Remember to never leave him unattended in the car.

  • Choose the right type of carrier.

The carrier should be large enough for your cat to turn around in. It should have a door that locks and the top should be removable. You should not have to dump your kitty out of the carrier or stuff him into the carrier. Always use one carrier per cat.

  • On arrival at the veterinary clinic do not place your carrier on the floor. Cats do not like to be on the floor and do not like other animals peeking at them through the carrier door. Place your carrier on a table or on the chair beside you if you are not put into an exam room right away.
  • Let your cat explore the exam room if he likes. Offer him toys and treats and praise to help him relax.
  • Your veterinarian likely has a cat specific exam room and will offer your kitty a blanket to sit on rather than just the cold table. They will also have treats and toys and will have a pheromone diffuser in the room. Pheromones emit “friendly scents” that only your cat can smell. They tell them to relax, everything is good here, and have no fear. Some clinics will have cat videos, such as birds or fish playing, that will interest your cat as well.
  • If you are still having trouble, there are other products available such as Thundershirts for cats. These can sometimes make your cat feel more comfortable and secure. As a last resort you can ask your veterinarian for a prescription medication that you can administer at home previous to travel to help alleviate fear and anxiety.
  • For more information please give us a call or visit This is a great resource for cats and their “staff” for all things feline related.

Exam Room

Update on Renovations

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Interior renovations are pretty well finished.  Everything is looking great and our work space is now far more efficient and cheerier.


Treatment room

Our treatment room is where we spend most of our time doing surgery prep, dentistries and procedures such as nail trims.

We have two exams rooms with one for dogs and the other for cats to help make their visits here as stress free as possible.

Feline exam room

Feline Exam Room


We also have separate wards now for our hospitalized feline, canine and exotic patients and boarders to help make their stay with us as stress free as possible.


Cat Ward


We have pictures everywhere, many of them being our very own patients: mammals, reptiles and birds. We love them all.


If you’d like to have a closer look at what we’ve done with the clinic please feel free to stop in. Our staff would love to show you around.

Renovations have started again!

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Our contractors are at it again! We are undergoing the next phase of our hospital overhaul. We are very excited to have reached this stage of our renovations. We are improving the existing surgery suite and have purchased a new patient warming system as well as a brand new dental machine. In the treatment room/ prep area we are insulating and drywalling, adding new cabinets and installing a new prep/procedure tub/table. Spookie will be acting as foreman for this phase of the rebuild and she will be providing updates as we progress.

Renovations are coming along nicely!

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The renos continue! The contractor is finally in the home stretch. These are just a few examples of what’s been happening.  There’s still lots to do but everything is finally coming together. We had fun drawing pictures on the walls of each ward before painting them!

Cat Ward

Cat Ward

Dog Kennels and Bathtub

Dog Kennels and Bathtub

Lab on the right, wards on the left. Dog ward straight ahead.

Lab on the right, wards on the left. Dog ward straight ahead.

The renos continue

Crystal painting

Exotics ward

Exotics Ward


Animal Pictures in frames

Gallery of Distinction

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Dr. Lee is a true visionary when it comes to decorating the clinic. One of our favourite things is the Gallery of Distinction. We have pictures hanging in the waiting room and hallways, and eventually will have them in both exam rooms. Actually, they’ll be just about everywhere! If you have a special picture of your pet that you’d like to see hanging up please let us know


Esam room 1

Exam room renovations

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The clinic renovations are coming along. If you’ve been in during the past month you already know that the girls have been hard at work painting the exam rooms and hallways. Our construction crew has replaced the trim and added beautiful wainscoting along the hallways and in the exam rooms.  New cupboards have been ordered and should be installed shortly. Feel free to come in and have a look anytime!


impromed infinity logo

New Veterinary Software!

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We are proud to announce that we have recently introduced a new veterinary software program at Scott Veterinary Clinic, called Impromed Infinity. The addition of this program means that the written files that you are used to seeing will soon disappear. The veterinarians and staff will now be using the computer exclusively for invoicing, record keeping, and organizing the various areas of the clinic.

We have been using this software program for 2 weeks now and would like to thank you in advance for your patience and for bearing with us while we learn to navigate our way through this robust program. Before you know it we’ll be whizzes! In the end we will save a few trees by being almost paperless and we will be more efficient by having your pet’s records all in one location which can be easily located with the click of a mouse!