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  • 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…

  • Jun 28 2014

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    Firework Phobia

    The ideal way to treat fireworks and thunderstorm phobias is to train your dog using behavior modification techniques such as systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning. 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. However, if this has not been possible, you need to know how to help your pet during a thunderstorm or fireworks celebration.  This handout aims to provide you with some helpful information for immediate treatment of fireworks and thunderstorm phobias. For information…

  • Apr 07 2014

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    Itchy Itchy Fleas!

    FLEAS!                 Fleas really are interesting little insects, but they can make our pets (and us) miserable with every bite.  Learning more about these creatures can aid us in our quest to rid our animals of fleas. There are a few different species of flea which can affect our animals, but the most common type which feeds on both dogs and cats is the cat flea, Ctenocephalides cati. Like other insects, fleas have a hard exoskeleton (shell), but unlike most insects, they can jump up to ten inches high!  This is amazing, considering fleas only reach the size of 1…

  • Mar 26 2014

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    Anal Glands- Animals Have What?!

    This odd piece of dog and cat anatomy rears its ugly head every day at the clinic, but most owners have never heard of them.  On either side of the anus, at approxi mately 3 and 9 o’clock, are two balloon shaped glands.  They are located just underneath the skin, and are connected to the colon by a small duct.  These glands produce a foul smelling brown liquid, which normally excretes when a dog defecates.  The smells in this fluid act as a marker to other dogs in the area, and is one of the reasons dogs enjoy sniffing other…