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Dr. Tamara Lightbody

Dr. Tamara Lightbody is a graduate of the OVC in 2001. Along with her husband, she is raising her kids on the family beef farm, with their adopted dogs Laddie and Hughey and barn cat, Olive. She has a keen interest and specialized training in veterinary dentistry, is the current president of the Kawartha Veterinary Association, and is on the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors. Dr. Lightbody keeps active with outdoor adventures hiking and kayaking in the sun, x-country skiing and hockey when it is cold. She enjoys photography, gardening and making maple syrup on her farm and takes advantage of any opportunity to travel.


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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