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  • 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…

  • Jan 12 2015

    Rabbits: Care and Nutrition

    As many of you know, Rabbits come into our clinic (with their owners) every week.  We would like to share some information regarding proper care and nutrition of another furry friend. As with any dog, cat, or person, the conditions in which you live and the food you eat has a huge impact on your life.  Rabbits are no different, diet especially plays a monumental part in their overall health.  The digestive system of the rabbit is somewhat like a small horse, they need a large amount of plant fiber to promote healthy movement of the GI tract.  In the…

  • Dec 09 2014

    Pets As Presents? Lets talk about it.

    AS PER: Sabrina Klepper, LVMT, University of Tennessee Veterinary Team Brief The holidays are right around the corner and, once again, some people will think a pet is the perfect gift for a family member or friend. As a veterinary professional, you may be asked for recommendations or advice, which gives you a unique opportunity to provide client education about the commitment of pet ownership. A pet may represent many wonderful things in life, but it is important to emphasize that the gift is a live animal whose welfare is the most important consideration. This requires thorough and careful planning,…

  • Nov 14 2014

    Why Do I Need A Physical Exam?

    WHY DOES MY PET NEED A PHYSICAL EXAMINATION PRIOR TO VACCINATIONS? We often think of bringing our pets to the veterinarian for their vaccines, or even “just their rabies vaccine”. Rabies vaccination is of utmost importance for pet and human health as well as legal compliance, of course there are other vaccines which are strongly recommended for dogs and cats to prevent serious illnesses. Thankfully, the number of rabies cases in Ontario is low.  This is partly due to the wonderful job that veterinarians and pet owners have done, vaccinating their pets, and also due to previous wildlife vaccinations through…

  • Oct 17 2014

    Halloween Safety!

    Halloween Safety!  As costumed ghosts and ghouls start roaming the streets this Halloween, and our fun festivities begin, it is important to keep our animals out of danger. WALKING OUTSIDE While it seems like a great idea to give the dog some exercise while Trick or Treating, most pets should be left at home. Many dogs are nervous with unfamiliar people, especially good-intentioned children trying to pet them.  Dogs will often exhibit behaviours trying to tell others that they are uncomfortable: ears flattening against the head, tail tucked between the legs, backing up or trying to run away.  Children often…

  • Sep 05 2014

    TRIM CLAWS FOR A CAUSE

    South Windsor Animal Hospital will be hosting their 3rd annual TRIM CLAWS FOR A CAUSE event on Sunday October 5 2014 from 2pm-4pm. We will be providing free nail trims to dogs, cats and pocket pets in exchange for a donation of 2 human canned good (or monetary donation). Dogs should be on leashes or in carriers, cats and pocket pets should be in carriers. We will be having a bake sale, raffle prizes and a Windsor Fire Dept Truck will be here for photos and tours. All donations will go directly to the DOWNTOWN MISSION. Lee Lee Hats will be with…

  • Aug 18 2014

    LEPTOSPIROSIS: What you need to know to protect your pet

    LEPTOSPIROSIS By now, many may have seen the news reports regarding a dog who contracted the bacteria, Leptospirosis.  We would like to address this serious disease to increase its awareness as well as clear up some potential misconceptions or mis-information. What is it? Leptospirosis is a bacteria that thrives in standing water.  Rodents, such as rats and mice, along with other mammals such as squirrels, skunks and raccoons can carry and transmit this bacteria via urine.  Infection occurs when the pet ingests infected urine (such as drinking from contaminated standing water/puddles) or ingests rodent-contaminated garbage. Also, some forms of the…

  • Jun 28 2014

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    Firework & Thunderstorm Phobia: How Can I Treat It?

    How are fireworks or thunderstorm fears and phobias treated? Treatment for this problem is through systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning (see Desensitization and Counter-Conditioning, Implementing Desensitization and Counter-Conditioning – Setting Up for Success, and Fears and Phobias – Inanimate Noises and Places). When is the best time to start treatment? This should be started at a time of year when fireworks or thunderstorms are not likely to occur so that you have control over the situation and time to work on your retraining program, without having to worry about how to deal with actual events (see Fears and Phobias – Storms…