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Dr. Jen Thompson

Dr. Jen Thompson graduated in 2001 from the Ontario Veterinary College.  Her and her husband enjoy an outdoors active lifestyle with their two girls, a Boston Terrier “Ryder”. She was one of five founding veterinarians and current Treasurer of the Kawartha Veterinary Association. The association organizes specialist from all over North America to provide current continuing education to veterinarians in the area. When she is not working she enjoys cross country skiing, Peloton cycling and hiking with her family and coaches Rugby.


4DX Testing: A Quick and Powerful Screening Tool for the Health of Your Dog

The 4DX test is a quick blood test that screens for four diseases which affect our dogs: Heartworm, Lyme, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and is becoming more prevalent as the climate warms and more dogs (unknowingly infected) are brought into the province from other areas where mosquito borne diseases are widespread. In a few discrete areas within southern Ontario, such as Peterborough County, the prevalence of infection in dogs not on a heartworm preventive can be as high as 5% to 10%.* Local wildlife such as foxes, coyotes and wolves may be infected and be able to spread the disease to our dogs through the mosquito.

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