I have been practicing small animal (and some pocket pet, exotic, and wildlife) medicine for 38 years and have owned 2 different vet clinics, one in St Thomas, ON and the other on Manitoulin Island in Mindemoya, ON. I sold my Mindemoya practice several years ago and have been doing locums (fill in work) at other veterinary clinics all over Ontario since then.
I am excited to now be working with Vetster in this new field of Veterinary Telemedicine. It has saddened me to see so many people and their sick pets turned away from vet clinics all over Ontario that were just too busy and overworked to see them due to the general shortage of vets, the rapid growth of the pet population, and the time consuming COVID--safe regulations that all veterinary clinics must now follow.
With Ontario Provincial regulations now allowing licensed veterinarians to examine, diagnose, and prescribe medication for pets via telemedicine, I hope to provide care for the many beloved pets that have been "falling between the cracks" and unable to get the veterinary care they need in a timely fashion. Being able to practice from home now also gives me more time to work on my permaculture farm while still working as a vet which I love so much.
I have also been an herbalist for over 30 years and have long felt that a combination of mainstream conventional veterinary medicine and safe, natural remedies offers the best of both those worlds to my patients. I am a big believer in preventative medicine such as good nutrition, exercise, proper weight maintenance, parasite management, good dental hygiene and of course LOTS of love.
I am available to discuss a wide variety of pet health issues, including -- skin problems- rashes, seborrhea, dry skin chronic allergies - prescription medication, natural dietary supplements and herbs, special diets digestive issues such as diarrhea and maintenance of a healthy microbiome palliative care of terminal patients - compassionate pain management, special nutritional needs, when is it "time" behavior problems, separation anxiety, aggression -- training, medication ( prescription and herbal), diet, exercise ( how to train your dog to use a tread mill at home) physiotherapy ---post op recovery from knee surgery, arthritis management weight loss strategies heart failure -- medication, dietary supplements, weight management preparing homemade diets and treats dental hygiene --practical preventative teeth care to do at home urinary tract problems -- managing chronic kidney failure, inappropriate urination in the house, urinary tract infections diabetes management -- medication, monitoring, diet , weight loss and many more topics
Also available-- A second opinion on your pet's care --please send all available veterinary records to Vetster for me to review at least 1 hour before our scheduled appointment.
I look forward to meeting many new patients and their human caretakers on this exciting new telemedicine format.