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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Every breath you take… by Dr. Wybranowski, DMV

Posted on June 22, 2016

Every breath you take… by Dr. Wybranowski, DMV

When the Police wrote their song “Every Breath You Take” they were probably not thinking about our immune system’s surveillance of the air we breathe in. Nevertheless, with every breath we take we breathe in dust, bacteria, molds, pollen, etc. For most of us, it causes absolutely no problems; our body has various defense mechanisms to remove all these foreign particles. Some of us however, develop allergies to certain particles. Allergic individual become sensitized to certain particles and their immune system develops antibodies to...

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Lilies and kitties by Dr. Lecavalier

Posted on June 22, 2016

Lilies and kitties by Dr. Lecavalier

Lilies are beautiful and brighten up the home but did you know they were highly toxic to cats? In fact every part of the lily is poisonous: the petals, the leaves, the stem and the pollen. It doesn’t take a large quantity either for your cat to suffer the consequences. As little as a couple of leaves or even a small amount of pollen that they can ingest whilst grooming their fur can cause some severe kidney damage. The kidneys are essential organs as they basically filter the blood from toxins and excrete these in the urine. When the...

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National Dog Bite Prevention Week By Stephanie Gagné, RVT, CCRA

Posted on May 16, 2016

National Dog Bite Prevention Week By Stephanie Gagné, RVT, CCRA

Everyone has heard of the proverbial mailman, who has been bitten by a dog but did you know that there are two groups of people who are actually bitten even more frequently?  They include children and the elderly. Of course, we all want to believe that our beloved pup would never bite but don’t be fooled.  In the right situation any dog can bite.  At times, it is their sole means of defense.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that your dog has aggressive tendencies, it may simply mean that they were placed in a situation, where,...

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