We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.


Breed of the Month: Maremma

The Maremma originated in Italy. This breed was developed for guarding livestock; specifically sheep against attack from wolves. The Maremma is also great for guarding farmland against predators and unwanted trespassers. The Maremma is an independent working dog, compared to breeds like the Border collie and German shepherd. Maremma’s are great with those who live in the home but perceive visitors as a threat. Since the Maremma is a working dog and is quite vocal, they are not suitable as a pet or for living in a city environment. Since the Maremma was bred to follow herds of sheep as they graze, they need to roam and would not be able to be kept tied up.


  • Male: 75-100 lbs.
  • Female: 66-88 lbs.


  • Thick jaw and strong teeth
  • Thick and coarse white coat
  • Powerful body
  • Large fluffy tail
  • Brown eyes


  • Tendency to vocalize: High
  • Affection Level: High
  • Child-friendly: Moderate
  • Dog-friendly: Moderate—dominant breed personality
  • Energy level: low-Moderate
  • Grooming: Moderate/High
  • Shedding: Moderate
  • Health issues: Moderate
  • Intelligence: High
  • Average Lifespan: 11-13 years

Common Health Problems:

  • Hip/elbow dysplasia
  • Sensitivity to anesthesia
  • Ivermectin sensitivity
  • Bloat

Written by: West Hill Animal Clinic



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, April 1, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416-282-6621 (appointments ONLY at this number). We will take a history of your pet from outside of your car, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet using social distancing methods. We will be taking payments over the phone, we are no longer taking cash at this time.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive at 416-282-8516 to pick up your order, but do not enter the clinic. Our staff will take payment over the phone by VISA or Mastercard only. So we can ensure social distancing, we will then bring your order out to our green bin in the parking lot. We do have our online store available, which can be accessed from our website by clicking the online store button.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. VISA and Mastercard payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

Your dedicated team at West Hill Animal Clinic