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  • Sep 18 2015

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    Help! My Pet is Overweight

    Did you know: A 1 ounce cube of cheese to a 20lb dog is the equivalent of a person eating 2 ½ hamburgers or 1 ½ chocolate bars! The most common disease in pets is not cancer or diabetes, it is obesity.  I recently went out of town for a few weeks, leaving my dog with my parents.  Upon our return, my mother whispered to me, “Your father gave Pepper a few extra treats here and there. He told me it is a grandparent’s prerogative”.  We love our animals through food, it’s a large part of how we bond with…

  • Sep 10 2015

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    “Trim Claws for a Cause” on Sept 27, 2015

    Does your pet need a manicure/pedicure, and you would like to help a great cause? Join us at South Windsor Animal Hospital on Sunday, September 27th from 2-4pm for our 4th annual “Trim Claws for  Cause“! In exchange for human canned goods for the Downtown Mission (4 cans per pet nail trim, please), we will be providing nail trims for dogs, cats, and pocket pets. Additionally, we will have: – The LeeLee Hats group teaching us how to loom hats to be donated to babies in the local Neonatal ICUs – Shawn from My Pet’s Butler to answer questions about…

  • Aug 21 2015

    Summer Safety Series: Intestinal Parasites (WORMS!)

    Ever thought about what it would feel like to have worms living in your intestines? Most of our dogs or cats could tell us, since these parasites are extremely common especially in puppies or kittens.  The mother cat or dog can pass on parasites while the animal is developing in the uterus, they can ingest them in the milk, or when they are exposed to their parent’s feces. With adult dogs, intestinal parasites can be easily picked up from the park when a dog either sniffs or licks another dog’s feces, the area where another dog’s feces has been, or…

  • Aug 03 2015

    Yellow Dog Project

    The Yellow Dog Project Many people may have heard about “The Yellow Dog Project”, a global movement for owners of dogs that need space. (http://theyellowdogproject.com/)  It is as simple as having a yellow ribbon tied on a leash as a signal to others to give this dog space and do not approach.  Of course, an obvious reason to use the yellow ribbon would be for an aggressive dog to have space from other dogs or unfamiliar people, but there are so many other applicable situations.  For example, dogs who have recently had surgery and need time to heal should avoid…

  • Jul 10 2015

    Summer Safety Series: Camping Safety

    Camping Camping is one of my favourite activities; being outdoors, the smell of the campfire and hiking through the woods are some of my best memories from childhood.  As part of our summer safety series, we are going to discuss camping with your furry best friends, and how to keep them safe. Before you go Take note of the nearest Veterinarian in the area you will be staying.  You may never need the information, but it is best to know the directions, phone number and hours of operation, just in case. If the camping location is in the United States,…

  • Jun 15 2015

    Summer Safety Series: Heat Stroke

    Heat Stroke Every year we see at a few patients for overheating causing ‘heat stroke’.  Overheating can occur either due to being in a hot or humid environment or because they have exerted themselves through exercise.  Either way, the signs and symptoms are the same.  As our pets become hot, they start to open mouth pant as well as sweat through their footpads.  This is the best way for their bodies to let off heat, but unfortunately, it is incredibly inefficient.  If the heat continues, they may become frantic.  For example, if locked in a car in warm to hot…

  • May 05 2015

    Summer Safety Series: Pool Safety

    Summer Safety Series: Pool safety When I was a child, I was lucky to always have a friend with a pool.  I spent summers with pruned fingers, learning how to dive, flutter, and see just how long I could hold my breath underwater.  It takes time to become comfortable treading water, finding the easiest spots to climb out of the pool, and to reduce the sense of panic if you are thrown in by another person.  Dogs need the same amount of training as kids do, if they are exposed to a pool.  The most ideal situation would be to…

  • Apr 07 2015

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    Dental Cleaning- Pets need Dental Care, Too!

    With people, it is easy to see when our teeth hurt since we are vocal with dental pain. In contrast, dogs and cats hide their pain, performing their regular activities despite underlying issues.  Neat fact, adult dogs have 42 adult teeth, while cats have 30.  Our goal is to keep these numbers the same throughout their adult life. Every year at their annual physical exam, we look at your pet’s teeth for tartar, gingivitis, cracked teeth, or poorly aligned teeth, just to name a few items.  Just as you and I need to have our teeth cleaned at the dentist,…

  • Mar 09 2015

    Heartworm Disease- What is it? Why is it so Important?

    The warm weather is coming soon, its almost starting to feel like spring!  With warm weather comes mosquitoes which can transmit heartworm disease to our dogs (and cats extremely rarely).  Heartworm disease can be a fatal disease, but an easy disease to prevent with the appropriate medication.  Heartworm disease occurs most commonly in areas with prevalent mosquitoes, such as along the Great Lakes and other waterways and coastlines.  Windsor, Ontario is one of the most prominent locations for heartworm disease in Canada due to our warm weather and the surrounding Great Lakes. How do dogs get Heartworm disease? When a…

  • Feb 18 2015

    Alternatives to Declawing

    Alternatives to Declawing                 We get calls almost every day about declawing in cats, so we thought it would be a good topic to delve into with our readers.  Declawing is a surgical procedure where the first toenail and bone of each finger is removed from each digit. Similar to amputating up to the first joint on your own finger. The most common reason for this procedure would be to reduce scratching of people and objects in the house.  People who are immunocompromised (do not have a functioning immune system) may need the…