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  • Dec 05 2017

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    Senior Pets: How Can We Help?

    Dr. Kim Quinn                                                                                                                                                                  December 2017 In general, we consider our dog and cats to be ‘senior’ pets when they are over 7 years of age.  This rule may differ with large breed dogs, since these breeds age faster than smaller breed pets.  Depending on the species, we can see different changes over time.  Some of these changes may be preventable, and some we can slow the development over time.  So, how do I know what to do and when? Here are some of the more common diseases found in senior pets. Lenticular Sclerosis of the lenses of the eyes- This…

  • Oct 24 2017

    What to do if Your Pet is Behaving Differently

    If your pet is licking/scratching/chewing/gnawing at an area- there is a problem. If there is a change in their behaviour, such as them rubbing their face on the ground or becoming aggressive when they’ve never done that before, there is a reason for it. Since we don’t see your pet on a daily basis, it is more difficult for us to know if issues have changed with your pet, you are the best judge of their behaviour.  Giving us information about new behaviours aids us in best pinpointing the problem.  Once you’ve found a new behaviour, writing information on frequency,…

  • Jul 07 2017

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    Oh, no! My pet ate something it shouldn’t have!

    Do you need to keep your garbage and laundry hamper locked tight, lest your pet get into something?  Unfortunately, this is such a common issue in the animal world.  While some ingestions may be fairly benign, causing mild GI upset, others can be much more severe requiring medical intervention or even surgery. Each year the ASPCA posts the top toxins which they received calls for, with human prescription medications topping the list and over-the-counter medications at a close second! Check out the list from 2016 for more information. Many of these ingestions can require lengthy hospital stays and treatments, with…

  • Jun 19 2017

    Meeting Your Indoor Cat’s Needs

    When thinking of what your pet cat’s daily needs, it is normal to assume just food, water and shelter. Unfortunately, this common misconception often leads to stress, particularly when it comes to indoor cats. The problem is that generally, stress in cats can lead to severe stress-related disease as well as behaviour problems. Cat environmental needs are just as important as food and water in their overall well-being. It is essential to provide them with opportunities to express normal behaviour to reduce stress in their lives (in addition to reducing vet visits for you!). All cats require the same environmental…

  • May 31 2017

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    Dog park safety

    Every morning and evening we take my dog for a walk.  Walking is one of my favourite forms of exercise, especially in the morning since it helps to clear my mind and prepare me for another day.  For my dog, it burns off some of her excess energy and gives her an extra reason to nap after her breakfast.  Depending on where you live, there are different pathways available for walking your dog.  Some people live near dog parks, which can be a great place to give your dog some exercise, but many come with a list of dangers.  Addressing…

  • Mar 06 2017

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    Intestinal Parasites- Worms and more!

    Dr. Kim Quinn                                                                                                                                                   March 2017 Ever wondered the types of intestinal parasites your pets pick up?  Or why we recommend yearly fecal testing to look for parasites? It is because your pet can pick up parasites fairly easily, and some of them cause severe illness, and/or can be transmitted to people! Let’s explore! Roundworms The most common intestinal parasite in puppies and kittens, it is often passed from the mother animal to its offspring while they are in the uteris, via milk ingestion, or through exposure to an infected animal’s feces.  Also, our pets can pick up this…

  • Feb 08 2017

    Appropriate Treats for Pets

    February 2017                                                                                          Dr. Kim Quinn The world is our oyster for foods and treats!  There is also a plethora of information regarding toxic foods for us humans, so we are less likely to ingest odd things.  It isn’t the same way for dogs and cats as for us humans, we have to be a bit more careful with them.  So many different toxins exist for our pets, which are not an issue for us.  Everyone knows about chocolate, grapes and raisins, but some of the lesser known toxins such as macadamia nuts and walnuts, caffeine, fatty foods being predisposed…

  • Jan 12 2017

    Cold Weather Safety

    January 2017                                                            Dr. Kim Quinn It’s cold out there!  Just as in the heat of summer, we do need to take care of our pets in the cold of winter- protect them from the elements.  Each animal’s weather tolerance is different, depending on fat stores, fur coat, and other issues such as arthritis which can worsen with cold weather.  Animals with poor circulation due to other underlying issues such as kidney disease, Cushing’s disease, diabetes, etc., can also reduce a pet’s cold tolerance. Walking Safety If it is too cold outside for you, it’s too cold outside for them.  Have…

  • Dec 02 2016

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    Canine Vaccines

    Dogs have a range of different vaccines which we administer, based on their likelihood of exposure due to their lifestyle. What are these vaccines and why do we recommend protection?  Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to form antibodies, essentially soldiers whose job is to seek out viruses/bacteria and destroy them before they produce ill effects or to reduce disease severity and duration.       Distemper Combination Vaccine (DA2PP) This vaccine has a combination of four different viruses: Distemper Distemper is virus which attacks many different areas of the body- often the respiratory tract is first, but vomiting/diarrhea,…

  • Nov 02 2016

    Animal Wellness Bloodwork

    Medicine is an adapting science- as it evolves, we similarly evolve to provide better care.  “Fire Engine” medicine was the norm years ago, only seeing the doctor when there was an emergency.  Now, we strive to practice preventative medicine- identifying and treating issues before they cause major health abnormalities. The old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is of the upmost truth and importance. It is for this reason that human doctors perform yearly bloodwork, even when we are young and healthy.  At our Veterinary clinic, we are no different.  Before any anaesthetic procedure we…