Facts about Lyme disease and ticks By Dr. Wybranowski, DMV

Posted on May 24, 2019

Facts about Lyme disease and ticks By Dr. Wybranowski, DMV

 1 The Blacklegged deer tick is responsible for spreading Lyme disease along with several other diseases (Anaplasma, Erhlichia). About 20% of ticks submitted for testing in our area carry Lyme disease. The same is true for all ticks from of Southeastern Canada. This number is expected to at least double within a few years The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA. has recently admitted that it has made a mistake in estimating how many people will contract Lyme disease every year. Originally it was to be 30,000 cases per year, but now it...

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Keeping Your Dog Active in Winter

Posted on February 14, 2019

Keeping Your Dog Active in Winter

Winter can be tough, unless you are a winter sports enthusiast like me. The cold weather and limited sunlight affect many people. Winter can be even tougher on our pets! Shorter and less frequent walks lead to boredom and weight gain. Both are detrimental to your pet’s health. Come spring, we will see many patients who put on their “winter weight” and while they may lose it over the summer, it is easier and healthier to keep them lean year round. If your dog is less active in the winter, it is important to adjust his calorie intake...

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Tis the Season! Tips for the Holidays with your furry friends

Posted on December 14, 2018

Tis the Season!  Tips for the Holidays with your furry friends

The holidays are just around the corner, the most wonderful time of the year! Here are a few things to keep in mind when the holidays get near. Once you put up your Christmas tree, beware little beaded eyes may be drawn to their mesmerizing lights and tinsel. So make sure there is nothing too valuable on the tree in case your furry four-legged creature decides he is going to make it to the top! Keep in mind as well lots of cats enjoy nibbling on the tree and/or playing with tinsel. Make sure you are always around to watch them; you...

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Trick-or-Treat! Safety Tips for Halloween

Posted on October 18, 2018

Trick-or-Treat! Safety Tips for Halloween

It is almost that time of year again, when the little monsters come out and play. Or shall I say, when they come out to trick-or-treat. On Halloween night, it’s not all fun and games, especially for our feline and canine companions. We have to be aware what this special night can mean to them. Here are some things to look out for when Halloween comes. If you are one of the many houses on your street giving out candy, make sure you have an easy set for when it comes to giving out candy. This night can be particularly stressful for our...

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How to raise the perfect pet

Posted on September 18, 2018

How to raise the perfect pet

Congratulations! You’ve added a new furry addition to your family. By now you have probably heard the word SOCIALIZE, especially if you have a dog. Socialization is the most important factor to raising your new pet. However, this term is used too loosely sometimes, and not enough for our feline companions. Dogs and cats can learn new tricks and house rules at any age. Yes, you can teach an old dog a new trick. However, to prevent behaviour issues like fear, anxiety or aggression, there is a very specific window of opportunity for...

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Adopt, don’t shop

Posted on July 18, 2018

Adopt, don’t shop

  Meet Zuri! Zuri is one of the many lucky pets that got adopted a few years back from a shelter. He is so grateful that his human rescued him. It is very important to bring awareness to soon-to-be new pet owners that there are thousands of pets waiting for their fur-ever home. If you are looking to adopt a pet, check out your local shelter. By rescuing a pet, instead of purchasing elsewhere, you are giving that pet a second chance at happiness. Adopt, don’t shop.   TOP REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ADOPT: Find the right match: There are...

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The wonders and dangers of summer by Dr. Wybranowski

Posted on June 21, 2018

The wonders and dangers of summer by Dr. Wybranowski

Your pet will probably spend more time outside in the summer so here are a few ideas you could consider to help make the experience more enjoyable and safe. Keeping cool: The greatest danger in summer is of course a heat stroke. It can be deadly if it is not dealt with quickly. When we get hot, we sweat and give off heat to cool down. Pets do not have sweat glands, except in between their toes, so they cannot give off heat by sweating. They need to blow off heat by panting. Breed conformation plays an enormous role in a pet’s ability to...

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Dental Care for your pets

Posted on May 21, 2018

Dental Care for your pets

Most pet owners think that the foul odour coming from their pet’s mouth, also known as doggy breath, is normal. But unfortunately, the awful smell that is coming from your pet’s mouth is not normal. It’s called dental disease and over 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have some form of dental disease. That’s a lot of cats and dogs that aren’t getting proper dental care. Now you may be wondering, what is the appropriate dental care for your pet? It actually gears not far off from the care we take for our own teeth. First and foremost, one...

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The Things You Can’t See

Posted on May 21, 2018

The Things You Can’t See

Can you smell it? That sweet smell that tells us that spring is here? I know I can. As we continue to inch forward into warmer weather, you may be finding yourself wanting to head outside more often, and Fido is most definitely feeling the same way. There has been a lot of talk about ticks coming closer and closer to our city areas. Seeing how ticks can carry contagious diseases such as Lyme disease, most people have started taking the necessary precautions to protect Fido against these annoying critters. Unfortunately, with all this talk...

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Pet Insurance: Who needs it?

Posted on March 11, 2018

Pet Insurance: Who needs it?

So you have a furry friend at home, do you need insurance? Whether he is a rowdy youngster or a mellow old man, he is part of your family, and therefore you want to do as much as you can to keep him happy and healthy for as long as possible. Unfortunately there are many things that life throws at us that are unforeseeable, and your pets are no exception to this rule. Although we may take great care of our beloved 4-legged children, things can happen at any moment. Accidents, illnesses, and unexpected surgeries are only some of the many...

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