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Weekdays 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open late Thursday until 8:00 pm
Saturdays 9:00 am - noon
We will be closed each Saturday of a holiday weekend to allow our staff to spend quality time with their families

728 Burloak Drive
Burlington Ontario L7L 0B1
905 681 PAWS (7297)
info@southsidepet.ca


Emergency Clinics

Burlington Veterinary Emergency & Referral Hospital
775 Woodview Road (off of Fairview, between Walkers Line & Guelph Line)
Burlington, ON L7N 3S1
Tel: 905-637-8111

Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital
2285 Bristol Circle (two traffic lights north of the QEW on Winston Churchill Blvd., entrance on Bristol Circle) 
Oakville, ON L6H 6P8
Tel: 905-829-9444

Southside Pet Hospital

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Food for thoughtYesterday we had two wonderful Golden Retrievers, ages 6 and 2, come in for elective surgical procedures. Both dogs had a history of eating a well-known and popular grain free diet for several years. In one dog, an arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) was detected so an x-ray of his chest was taken. His heart was enlarged, so an echocardiogram was scheduled for that afternoon. An x-ray was also taken of the other dog's chest as a precaution, and his heart was also enlarged. He was able to get an echocardiogram same day, as well.

The reports on both dogs just came back, and both of these gorgeous, otherwise perfectly healthy dogs have Dilated Cardiomyopathy. The cardiologist suspects that in both cases it is related to their diet. Thankfully, this condition was caught early, and when fed a traditional diet, their condition should hopefully reverse. Their cases are being reported to the FDA, along with the thousands of others from across the country.

There is no evidence to support feeding grain-free. Most pet allergies are related to environment (pollens, etc) or protein sources. Grain allergies account for a tiny fraction of all food allergies in dogs. Unfortunately, many dogs are becoming very ill or even dying from eating so-called "BEG" diets (boutique, exotic, grain-free), and the terrible thing is nutritionally mediated dilated cardiomyopathy is 100% preventable. There have been zero reported cases of NMDCM in dogs eating foods that meet WSAVA guidelines, currently made by Purina, Hill's, Iams/Eukanuba, or Royal Canin. We strongly suggest if you are feeding a "BEG" diet that you change your dog over to one of the brands listed above. If you have any questions specifically related to your pet, please call us.

We are so hopeful we caught this disease in time for our two beautiful patients to reverse their disease. Their very caring and dedicated owners have already changed their diet to one that meets WSAVA criteria. The articles below will help explain this disease, WSAVA guidelines, and why grain-free was more marketing than science.

vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/11/dcm-update/

www.wsava.org/WSAVA/media/Arpita-and-Emma-editorial/Selecting-the-Best-Food-for-your-Pet.pdf

vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2016/06/grain-free-diets-big-on-marketing-small-on-truth/

www.ucdavis.edu/news/dogs-fed-some-popular-diets-could-be-risk-heart-disease/
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MEET THE STAFF

Janice Honda, DVM

Janice established Southside Pet Hospital in 2008 and Sixteen Mile Veterinary Clinic in 2016 with the assistance and design expertise of her husband Brian. Dr. Honda graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1992 and completed Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She then practiced

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Diana Gibbs, DVM

Dr. Gibbs was born in Chicago and grew up in New York. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in biology and theatre from Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, and a Masters in Wildlife Science from North Carolina State University.  She graduated from the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and moved to Canada to pursue

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Tracy Hughes, DVM

Dr. Hughes graduated from McMaster University in 2001 with a (Hons) BSc and the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005. She practiced in Hamilton and Burlington before joining the Southside team in May 2009. In January of 2015 Tracy and Blair welcomed new daughter, Rory. The family is completed by Coconut, a sable Burmese and Huggy

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Jennifer Dubecki, RVT

Jennifer is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been with the Southside team since its opening. She graduated from Sheridan College with an Animal Care Certificate in 2003, followed by the Veterinary Technician program at Northern College in 2005. She achieved her RVT status in January 2006. When she is not at work, Jennifer spends her

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Michelle Schmidt, VT

Michelle is a Veterinary Technician and has been a part of the Southside team since 2011. She also joined our Sixteen Mile team in 2016. She graduated from Northern College’s Veterinary Technician program in 2001 and has worked in shelter, laboratory and clinic settings since. Michelle has a special interest in Surgery and Dentistry and

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Julia Cifoni, RVT

Julia joined the Southside team as a co-op student when she entered the veterinary technician program at Sheridan in 2011. Upon graduation in 2013 she obtained her full Registered Veterinary Technician status and joined our team full time. Julia is the proud owner of our clinic cat Thunder as well as her German Shepherd Ombra

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Cooper wanted to wish everyone a happy Wednesday!🐾 ... See MoreSee Less

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What a great way to start our day...with 10 NEW PUPPY VISITS !! 🐾♥️ thanks for the cutest visit!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Food for thoughtYesterday we had two wonderful Golden Retrievers, ages 6 and 2, come in for elective surgical procedures. Both dogs had a history of eating a well-known and popular grain free diet for several years. In one dog, an arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) was detected so an x-ray of his chest was taken. His heart was enlarged, so an echocardiogram was scheduled for that afternoon. An x-ray was also taken of the other dog's chest as a precaution, and his heart was also enlarged. He was able to get an echocardiogram same day, as well.

The reports on both dogs just came back, and both of these gorgeous, otherwise perfectly healthy dogs have Dilated Cardiomyopathy. The cardiologist suspects that in both cases it is related to their diet. Thankfully, this condition was caught early, and when fed a traditional diet, their condition should hopefully reverse. Their cases are being reported to the FDA, along with the thousands of others from across the country.

There is no evidence to support feeding grain-free. Most pet allergies are related to environment (pollens, etc) or protein sources. Grain allergies account for a tiny fraction of all food allergies in dogs. Unfortunately, many dogs are becoming very ill or even dying from eating so-called "BEG" diets (boutique, exotic, grain-free), and the terrible thing is nutritionally mediated dilated cardiomyopathy is 100% preventable. There have been zero reported cases of NMDCM in dogs eating foods that meet WSAVA guidelines, currently made by Purina, Hill's, Iams/Eukanuba, or Royal Canin. We strongly suggest if you are feeding a "BEG" diet that you change your dog over to one of the brands listed above. If you have any questions specifically related to your pet, please call us.

We are so hopeful we caught this disease in time for our two beautiful patients to reverse their disease. Their very caring and dedicated owners have already changed their diet to one that meets WSAVA criteria. The articles below will help explain this disease, WSAVA guidelines, and why grain-free was more marketing than science.

vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2018/11/dcm-update/

www.wsava.org/WSAVA/media/Arpita-and-Emma-editorial/Selecting-the-Best-Food-for-your-Pet.pdf

vetnutrition.tufts.edu/2016/06/grain-free-diets-big-on-marketing-small-on-truth/

www.ucdavis.edu/news/dogs-fed-some-popular-diets-could-be-risk-heart-disease/
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