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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Lyme disease has become the number one concern for dogs and their owners today

Posted on February 16, 2017

Lyme disease has become the number one concern for dogs and their owners today

The major reason is that infections in people have grown exponentially. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia (the only body that gathers statistical data on diseases), estimates that 300,000 cases get reported yearly, but that ten times as many go unreported as identifying the disease in people is very hard. Lyme disease used to occur only in New England but due to global warming, the spread of white-tailed deer further north and the fifty million ticks that get airlifted into Canada by migrating birds every year, the...

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February is traditionally pet dental health month

Posted on February 16, 2017

February is traditionally pet dental health month

At Animal 911 we try to make pet dental health a year round concern as we know how important it is to the well-being and comfort of our patients. An infected mouth is not only painful but, it can lead to serious infections elsewhere in the body! During the month of February we will give you a free bag of a dental diet with every dentistry. Once you have your pet’s teeth sparkling white we need to do something to keep them that way. This is where dental diets can be of great benefit. They are made in such a way that as the tooth crunches on...

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Taking Care of Kitty

Posted on October 27, 2016

Taking Care of Kitty

The number of households owning pets in North America has been steadily decreasing, and more importantly people have moved from large dogs to small dogs and cats. Presently in Canada cats outnumber dogs: 7.9 million cats to 5.9 million dogs. Cat owners often own more than one cat at a time. For many decades I was exclusively a dog owner. During that time I used to think that cats were not equal to dogs as pets. Then I became a cat owner as well, and after living with feline companions for many years now, I know that cats are not equal; rather...

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National Veterinary Technician Week – October 16th-22nd 2016

Posted on October 17, 2016

National Veterinary Technician Week – October 16th-22nd 2016

“I’m in it for the money”, said no veterinary technician ever. Yet they still do it, and more often than not with a smile on their face. Veterinary technicians (“vet techs” for short) are practically omnipotent beings. They are capable of doing so much and unfortunately are not often recognized for their work. Most people who have pets bring them to the veterinarian regularly (hopefully!) whether it is for an annual visit or because of an underlying problem. But they often don’t realize everything that goes on in a veterinary...

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Common toxicities By Dr. Julie Lecavalier

Posted on July 21, 2016

Common toxicities By Dr. Julie Lecavalier

Pets are usually curious and love to stick their noses where they’re not supposed to. However many of the toxicities we see come from common everyday food items. Here are the most common foods that should be avoided: 1. Alcohol can cause vomiting and diarrhea, affect the nervous system, cause breathing difficulties, coma and even death. Whether in a drink or in baked goods, it should never be given to pets. 2. Chocolate contains methylxanthines which in pets can cause vomiting and diarrhea, hyperactivity, can affect the cardiovascular...

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Early spay and neuter? By Dr. Wybranowski

Posted on July 21, 2016

Early spay and neuter? By Dr. Wybranowski

Since the second half of the 20th century spaying and neutering your pet has become the accepted practice in North America. Pets would be spayed or neutered at around 6 months just as they reach puberty. Sometime after the 90’s very early sterilization was introduced. By early I mean at the age of 6 to 8 weeks of age. The preliminary data showed many advantages: • The surgeries were much easier to do • It was much less expensive • It would not allow animals to reproduce as they would be sterilized before they reach puberty Pet rescues...

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