October 6th, 2016 - Join Us For Spay Day 2016

The Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association will be holding a province-wide spay and neuter day on November 2nd, 2016 in order to help curb overpopulation of cats and dogs and to benefit all our communities. Whyte Ridge Veterinary Hospital will be accepting patients as part of this event, with spays and neuters being performed on cats and dogs at a discounted rate of 40% off the total cost. This special discount will also apply to related services such as a pre-surgery physical and blood work!

Space is limited, so if you wish to participate please call the clinic in advance at 204-487-6090 to get more information and secure your appointment. New patients must all undergo a physical prior to the surgery date, which is also covered in the discount. If you wish to learn more, you can visit the MVMA's website here.

We can't wait to see you!

Spay Day 2016

October 29th, 2015 – We're Holding A Blood Donor Clinic!

Whyte Ridge Veterinary Hospital will be holding its second blood donor clinic for the Canadian Animal Blood Bank since our first one this past spring was such a resounding success. We are taking appointments on Thursday, November 12th between 4pm and 6pm. The blood bank has the following requirements for all donors:

  • 50lbs or more in weight

  • 1-8 years of age

  • Current vaccinations

  • An even temperament

Spots are already filling up! If you are interested in helping your dog to save a life, please call us or visit the clinic to make a short appointment that can make a big difference.

July 8, 2015 – Are You Ready For The Summer?

The summer months are in full swing! Time spent outdoors, trips to the lake, and exposure to those pesky insects. With that comes a variety of health and safety concerns to consider for your pet so that you can ensure everyone has a happy, healthy summer.

Ticks and mosquitoes can carry a few infectious agents. Tick season runs from March/April to November, with a higher intensity from April to July, and another bout from September to November. Unfortunately, ticks can and will transmit three diseases (Lyme, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis) to both people and animals. Mosquitoes are active from May/June until November and transmit Heartworm disease to both dogs and cats. The best way to deal with these diseases is by preventing your pets from getting them in the first place. Talk to your vet about the various solutions available to you.

Next, something that applies to all pets: car safety. While it's common knowledge that pets should never be left in hot cars, it still happens from time to time. Plan ahead if you need to run errands or travel with your pet for other reasons. Have somebody stay in the car with them with the air on, go places where you can take your pet inside with you, or simply leave them at home. Don't forget about seat belts or other methods of restraint during travel as well – letting your dog ride in the open back of a pickup truck is not good car safety!

Lastly, for those of us spending time outside and on the water it's important to note that swimming dogs must receive extra attention. Incidences of ear infections increase during the summer due to water getting trapped in our dogs' ears, especially if they are floppy. Drying your pup's ears well with a towel can go a long way to preventing infection, as can asking your vet what they specifically recommend for your unique needs. You must also watch out for heatstroke, which can occur easily, and check to make sure that your dog is a competent swimmer in the first place as drowning is a real risk.

Please note that Whyte Ridge Veterinary Hospital will be closing early at 6pm instead of 8pm on Friday, July 24th, and will resume regular hours the next day.

Have a great summer, from all of us at the clinic!

March 16, 2015 – It's Heartworm Season!

Spring has finally arrived in Winnipeg and the busiest time of year for our pets is fast approaching. Heartworm and tick season has started and will last throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

You can discuss all the available preventative choices with your veterinarian when you come in for your appointment. We offer two types of heartworm protection to choose from, Heartguard and Revolution, as well as a Lyme vaccine, heartworm testing, and other important knowledge to safeguard your pet and your family. Also, don't forget about any kitty that might be outside hunting, and consequently bitten by mosquitoes! For more information about these spring health issues, you may refer to our page on heartworm and tick-borne diseases. If you're ready to book or have any questions, you can call us at 204-487-6090.

See you soon!

March 10th, 2015 - Our First Blood Donor Clinic Was A Big Success

Today we had the pleasure of holding a two-hour blood donor clinic for dogs through the Canadian Animal Blood Bank, and we couldn't be happier with how it went! We ended up with eight donors, which is a fantastic number. There is a very high demand for canine blood in the city of Winnipeg and for the last six months we have had a shortage of donors and blood reserves. Our last case that required blood ended up getting six transfusions over a period of a few months! The fact that so many people responded in such a short period of time was impressive. 

We are hoping that with your help we can make the blood donor clinic a bi-annual event. Donors go home with the knowledge that someone else's furry family member can have access to blood in their greatest moment of need. Ideal donor candidates meet the following criteria:
  • 50lbs or more in weight
  • 1-8 years of age
  • Current vaccinations
  • An even temperament 
If you're interested in taking part in this life-saving activity and your dog meets the blood bank's requirements, keep a watch on this page for future dates, give us a call at the clinic, or contact the Canadian Animal Blood Bank directly.

A BIG thank you goes out to all the dogs and owners who gave us their time and precious blood so that other dogs' lives could be saved.