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May 13 & June 3
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
$10 Donation min
All proceeds going to Elderdog!
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Welcome to Companion Animal Hospital in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

At Companion Animal Hospital, we strive to deliver the most up-to-date treatment and information for your pet within a positive and outgoing environment.

We have been serving the pets and people of Dartmouth and surrounding areas since 1996. Our facility and services are designed to assist in routine preventive care for pets from youth into their golden years.

Our on-site laboratory services allow us to closely monitor critically ill patients by running complete blood counts, chemistry, and electrolyte analysis. For any test that we are unable to run in-house, we will send it to an external lab on the same day. We also have a digital radiograph machine that allows us to see both bone and soft tissue changes. By operating digitally, it allows us to quickly send x-rays to radiologists and referral surgeons for additional insight.

Our seasoned surgery team are professionals in both elective (spay and neuters) and non-elective procedures. We are pleased to offer orthopaedic and basic ophthalmic services.

We look forward to serving you and your fluffy, scaled, and feathered friends, both big and small.


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Black History & Veterinary Medicine - Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb (1923-1992)

Today's medical historian of colour is Dr. Alfreda Johnson Webb. Dr. Webb graduated with her DVM with our previous blog star Dr. Hinton, as one of the first female African American veterinarians in the US. Both of these great women were also the first black members of the Women’s Veterinary Medicine Association. She also founded the School of Veterinary Medicine of North Carolina State University. In 1971, she became the first African American woman in the North Carolina General Assembly, serving on many committees including serving as the Chairperson of Minority Affairs, president of the Democratic Women of NC, and a member of the NC Council on Sickle Cell Syndrome.   So you can see despite so many obstacles Dr. Webb was still able to make history and so can we!   Written by: Ashley G, VT   Resources:    

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The benefits of dental food

Why would you need to put your companion on a dental food? Especially if you already are brushing their teeth & watching their toys? Well as I will say time and time again, Preventatives are always cheaper than problems. So that being said let’s talk about how dental food actually works and when it is a good idea to start this food. Your pet’s dental food works with mechanical mechanisms. What this means is normal dog and cat kibble is made so that it can easily be swallowed whole or broken into pieces once the kibble touches the tooth. Now your companion’s dental food is made differently. You will notice this kibble is made to be larger to make our friends chew their food (since the tend to not do so) and is made a bit more durable so that they have to chew it a number of times in order to eat it. This creates mechanical mechanism of actually chewing and breaking down their food. Since the kibble is made for them to specially do this it can sort of work like a toothbrush. The texture of the kibble is made so that when the bite down and let go its similar to brushing up and down on teeth. This food is a great food to use for any healthy adult dog or cat. It is also a great thing to you when you find you don’t have to keep on brushing teeth as it will basically brush them every time they are eating. You can also use this food as treats if your pet is on other foods, you do not wish to deter from. It may not be as good as having it for a meal, but it would still be better than nothing at all! Another way dental diets help is by using sodium polyphosphate, which binds with calcium in saliva, thus making it unavailable for the formation of tartar. As well the use of Zinc slows down tartar and plaque buildup and has antiseptic properties which will help prevent bad breath. This food will always work best as dry food as water prevents effective cleaning, as their main meal food, and after a professional dental cleaning or when aged to an adult. You would not want to use this diet however if your companion is on a therapeutic diet (gastro, allergenic, renal, diabetic, etc.) as you would not want to upset any of the other problems you have already encountered. You also would not to use this diet if your friends' teeth are already under periodontal attack, however if you got a dental done then you could use it as a preventative to help not be back in that situation. Dental food is preventative not a cure. Lastly, when picking a dental food, make sure it has the VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) seal of approval. This will make sure you get a food that allowed the reduction of tartar and/plaque buildup. You can also purchase it as a small dog breed if required.   Written by: Ashley G, VT Resources: The Paws Print –

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