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Dr. Melissa Pambianchi

Veterinarian
I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2016. I grew up horseback riding and always thought I would work with horses - that is until my childhood dog was diagnosed with diabetes and treating her really piqued my interest in small animal medicine. I started working at West Hill Animal Clinic as an assistant and receptionist in 2011, so it felt like returning home to be back again as a veterinarian, rejoining the amazing team in 2017. Areas that interest me the most are ultrasound, parasitology and surgery. My favourite thing about the clinic is the very knowledgeable and close-knit team of people. My first pet was Holly, a Bichon Frise. What I love most about my job is that it never gets boring, there is always something new to learn and new pets and owners to meet! A fun fact about me is that I am always looking for a good adrenaline rush! So far, I have been bungee jumping, skydiving and cage diving with great white sharks. I also enjoy bird watching and cuddling with my cats, Levi and Chandler.

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Why does my dog’s breath smell?

Bad breath (halitosis) in a dog or cat is usually because of poor dental health.  Occasionally a dog or cat may have good teeth and still have bad breath in which case the diet is usually the cause. This is relatively rare, however, compared to the likelihood of a dental issue.

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