October 9th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Posted on October 3, 2019

October 9th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day

Have a pet that is a little plumper than you’d like him to be? Does your dog refuse to run after her favorite toy and seem more sluggish than usual? Does your cat have a little belly fat that jiggles when she runs and seems to be a bit more round than sleek?  If any of these sounds familiar your pet is most likely overweight. Just like us, our pets can carry a couple of extra unnecessary pounds. Yes, all dogs and cats have different body types and what one ideal weight may be for one pet may not apply to another pet. Ensuring that...

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How to co-exist with your clawed cat

Posted on September 19, 2019

How to co-exist with your clawed cat

Declawing cats is out! Perhaps there are still a few people who will perform this amputation, however, soon this act will be illegal as it is in many countries of the world already. If you think you can’t own a clawed cat without sacrificing your furniture, well I’ve got news for you. Cats have been popular family pets long before declawing was ever done. You can have a clawed cat and live in harmony while maintaining your nice furniture. First, we must understand that scratching is a normal and necessary behaviour for cats....

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World Cat Day

Posted on August 7, 2019

World Cat Day

If you love watching cute cat videos online, you’ll be pleased to know that today is International Cat Day! Today around the globe we are celebrating one of the most popular pets on the planet. Started in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.  One of the best ways to honour your feline friend on their day is to make sure they are healthy with a preventative health exam at your vet. In fact, we are already getting ready for National Take Your Cat to The Vet day. We know that not only cats are masters at hiding...

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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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