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New Mcleod Vet Online Store!
We now have a webstore where you can purchase pet food and supplies. Everything you might need to care for all your pets, from sweaters and booties to prescription diets, supplements, and litter boxes. You can even purchase products for your exotic pets. Registration must be approved prior to making purchases, as only clients may make purchases. Please review all return policies prior to finalizing your purchases.
All orders are delivered to our hospital for pick up or you can pay an additional fee for home delivery.
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Notice: We ask clients to continue wearing masks while visiting our hospital.
to McLeod Veterinary Hospital. McLeod Veterinary Hospital was established in 1982, in Winnipeg Manitoba, by Dr. Bob Newfield. Since that time, our facility has been continually evolving to provide you with the most up to date equipment and techniques. As our patients cannot speak for themselves, client/doctor communication is essential. The purpose of this website is to enable our clients to familiarize themselves with our services and policies. Our mission at McLeod Veterinary Hospital is to provide the best possible health care in a professional and compassionate manner.
Protecting your dog from heartworm and Lyme disease
During spring and summer months in Manitoba we see a resurgence of pesky mosquitos and wood ticks. Both of these bloodsucking critters spread very harmful diseases to our pets.
Heartworm: Heartworm is a parasite that is spread by mosquitos. Infected animals may not immediately show any clinical signs but, as the burden of adult worms become more severe, the signs become apparent. Symptoms include exercise intolerance, weight loss, coughing, fainting, progressing to congestive heart failure and eventually death, if left untreated.
Outdoor cats can also be susceptible to heartworm. Their immune system, however, is more effective at killing this parasite all on its own (similarly to us humans). Monthly prevention is also available to outdoor cats to protect them during mosquito season.
Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is caused by bacteria that are transmitted by the Deer tick, while they’re feeding off their host. Not all dogs that are exposed to the bacterium will develop the disease or display signs of the disease. Signs of Lyme disease are lameness, swollen and sore joints, fever and loss of appetite. If your dog becomes infected with this disease and is diagnosed early; the prognosis is good for a full recovery after a course of antibiotics. If left untreated, some dogs may become very ill and can die from this disease. Unfortunately, the prevalence of Lyme Disease continues to increase throughout southern Manitoba, including Winnipeg. Years ago, it was isolated to the southeastern corner of our province, but that is no longer the case.
Prevention is the best protection! During the summer months chewable tablets can kill these nuisance pests that cause these devasting diseases. All dogs should be on a monthly Heartworm prevention, as all dogs are exposed to mosquitos. These heartworm preventatives kill the immature life stage of the heartworm parasite. They’re administered from early June to November. Wood ticks often prefer cooler temperatures and inhabit grassy areas. We recommend a preventative that offers protection against heartworm and kills wood ticks (and fleas), to all dogs that explore such areas. This monthly prevention is administered from April to November. Annual vaccines are also very effective and best when used in combination with monthly oral chews.
We recommend routine blood testing to ensure quick diagnosis and treatment. McLeod Veterinary Hospital recommends testing in spring every second year for all dogs that are on routine heartworm and tick prevention. For dogs that are at higher risk of tick exposure, such as hunting dogs and cottage goers, we often consider annual testing, as early detection is so vital to successful treatment.
Pet Adoption Spike
Pet adoption has spiked dramatically since COVID-19. With people unable to travel and so many working from home, it’s provided a unique opportunity to add a new fur baby to the family. As a result, thousands of pets have found their way into loving new homes in the past 1-2 years.
Locally, and nationally this significant increase in adopted pets has resulted in an overwhelming increase in demand for veterinary care. Unfortunately, you may experience longer wait times for appointments, increased call wait-times and we may not be able to accommodate short notice appointments. We’re doing our best every day and remain committed to the best care for you pet.
We now have a new texting service!
We’ll be using this service to remind you of your pets upcoming appointment and review COVID screening questions. Text us from your vehicle at 204-400-0263, when you arrive for you appointment and we’ll let you know as soon as the doctor is ready to see you and your pet for their appointment. Before your pets next scheduled appointment you can anticipate receiving a text message from us.
(This number is not connected to our phone system, therefore, please do not call the number you receive a text message from and alternatively do not text our phone number, as we will not receive such messages)
Dr. Alison Bowles - Veterinarian
Dr. Alison Bowles graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba and then in 2002 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Bowles grew up in Winnipeg and always had a special place in her heart for animals. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was in kindergarten! She started her career at McLeod Veterinary Hospital the summer after her graduation from veterinary medicine.
When she’s not at work, Dr. Bowles spends her spare time with her husband and 2 children. She shares her home with an energetic Golden Retriever named Téa. The Bowles family is happy to welcome 2 kittens to their household; Skylar and Charlie. Alison enjoys spending family time at the cottage, camping, baking or practicing photography.
Notice: McLeod Veterinary Hospital hosts regular Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CABB) donor clinics. For information about upcoming donation dates and to find out if your pet is an eligible donor, contact us at 204-661-3334 or visit www.canadiananimalbloodbank.ca