Why not to get a pet as a gift

Posted on December 10, 2017

We all know Christmas is fast approaching and you may be wondering what to get for your significant other or family member as a gift? While some people just go with simple gift cards, others may want to stand out more and make an impression to their gift receiver. One gift I hope you don’t give is a gift of a pet. Giving an animal as a gift is not a good idea for the following reasons: - Owning an animal is a huge responsibility and some may not be ready for this. Depending on the animal, they may require daily walks, cleaning and of course...

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Holiday tips for pet lovers

Posted on December 10, 2017

The holidays are fast approaching and with all the excitement come a few potential problems for our pets. To keep things jolly for everyone, here are a few tips to keep in mind. Common household dangers: · Tinsel is irresistible for many kittens and cats but can cause serious intestinal blockage if swallowed. So keep far from reach from your pets. · Holiday lights mean more wires. Make sure your furry friends don’t chew these. If you can’t keep them out of reach, you can cover them in a protective plastic tube found either at your local...

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Travelling with your pets

Posted on December 4, 2017

We as pet owners, want to bring our pets everywhere with us. How do we go about doing this when we are leaving the country though? There are a lot of things to keep in mind whether you are moving or simply going on vacation. Here are some things to keep in mind: Take the Time: Plan in advance everything required for your trip/ move. Some countries require a lot of documentation and this could take several weeks to months to obtain, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Travelling Documents: Make sure you have the correct documents for...

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The Golden Ages: Helping your pet live a longer, happier life.

Posted on December 4, 2017

Puppies and kittens are cute, but there`s something so heartwarming about senior pets. They have been loyal to their adoptive families for many years and the bond they share is so special. We want to help them age gracefully and keep them in your life as long as possible. On average, a pet is considered a senior citizen at 7 years of age. Giant breed dogs will age faster than toy breeds and cats. The most important thing to keep in mind with any senior pet is that age is not a disease, though your pet may succumb to some age-related problems....

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My Cat: Independent, Strong, and Never Gets Sick?

Posted on October 29, 2017

Cats are one of the most popular pets in Canada. With their fiery characters, independent lifestyles, and humorous behaviors, is it any wonder why our feline friends have become such a loving addition to our homes? Although there is a rise in the number of cats being kept as pets, we unfortunately do not see many of these purring loved ones in our veterinary clinics for annual health exams. There are many reasons why owners are skeptical about bringing their kitties to the clinic, including the idea that they are independent and can take care...

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Cats and hairballs

Posted on October 29, 2017

Cats are usually quite clean creatures by nature; they keep themselves well-groomed in order to continue their quest for world dominance (at least that’s what it seems like they’re doing). But in all seriousness, cats groom themselves daily, and that in itself is a general sign of good health. Their tongues have tiny little hooks that allow them to remove debris and excess hair. Most of this ends up being swallowed and digested. Some cats, especially those with longer coats can have a hard time digesting all this hair and will...

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When tragedy hits – Floods

Posted on June 20, 2017

Mother Nature is grand, but can also be overwhelming. The recent floods have proven just that. It always impresses me, though, that whenever tragedy hits, people come together. As difficult as a situation may be, it’s nice to see such a strong sense of community; people helping each other out and lending a hand, often to complete strangers. Having to leave your home in such a situation can be devastating and stressful to say the least. At least we can understand what’s going on and rationalise the need for our actions. We cannot explain...

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How to get your dog to ‘‘want‘‘ to go to the vet’s

Posted on June 20, 2017

It would be nice if every dog was eager and willing to go everywhere and anywhere but the reality is this is not always the case and going to the vet’s office in particular can be a very stressful event. Thankfully, there are things that can be done to make the overall experience a positive one. The following is a list of steps that can be taken in order to attain success.                Happy visits – Dogs associate the vet’s office with unpleasant experiences. Really, who can blame them: being poked and prodded is not normally...

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Grooming your Cat

Posted on May 31, 2017

When buying or adopting a cat, most of the time we don`t question its grooming needs. Cats can have short, medium or long fur coats. The longer the coat, the more it requires regular grooming to avoid matts forming. Maintaining proper skin barrier and fur coat is essential to a healthy pet. That`s why it is extremely important to help your cat with grooming. Most cats will groom themselves on a regular basis, but they are not always able to reach problematic areas and need help removing dead fur. It is a good idea to get into the habit of...

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All About Ticks and Lyme Disease

Posted on April 27, 2017

It`s that time of year again, when the creeper crawlers come out to play. Ticks that is! As soon as the weather is above 4˚C ticks will be waiting for their next host to jump on and feed off of. I know this sounds horrible but this could potentially be one of your pets. If your pets roam in tall grasses, shrubs, along a cedar hedge and wooded areas, then your pet may be at risk of catching ticks. Ticks aren`t only gross, but they can also transmit Lyme disease. Lyme disease can be transmitted to dogs, cats and even us humans buy they need to...

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