• Nov 20 2013

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    You Don’t Say….Common Myths & Misconceptions About Dogs & Cats

    As with any profession and aspects of life, there always seem to be myths and misconceptions that have been told.  Perhaps at one time, the message or question was different and over time have changed and altered, like playing “Telephone”.  We thought we would touch on a few of these for you, and perhaps more in the future. You don’t say….common myths and misconceptions about Dogs & Cats My dog must be healthy, his nose is wet.  My dog must be sick, his nose is warm and dry. A wet or dry nose does not necessarily signify anything abnormal.  If…

  • Oct 25 2013

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    Maya’s Surgical Adventure!

    Maya is the sweet old black Labrador belonging to Jaime. Jaime is a Registered Veterinary Technician who worked with us at South Windsor Animal Hospital for many years before going back to the University of Guelph for animal nutrition. Maya began limping a bit and causing “off” gait (in other words, she walked a little funny) She came in for a physical examination and x-rays. Through these two important tests, she was diagnosed with a partially torn cruciate ligament (I am sure many of you have heard of athletes tearing their ACL (anterior cruciate ligaments) in their knee). This ligament…

  • Oct 10 2013

    Canine Circovirus

    In light of the recent media attention to the Canine Circovirus, we thought we would help shed a little light on the situation as best we could. The following information is from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. Circovirus in Dogs FAQ October 3, 2013 Canine circovirus infections have been documented in dogs with vomiting and diarrhea. The distribution of the virus in the U.S. is not yet known, but dogs infected with circovirus have been reported in California and circovirus may be associated with recent illness and death of dogs in Ohio….

  • Oct 02 2013

    Questions To Ask Your Pet Food Company

    This is a bit of a follow up blog regarding our last Nutrition blog.  There are literally hundreds of diets, made by a variety of different food companies, and of course a vast variety of quality.  Determining which diet is best to feed your beloved fur-baby can be challenging when faced upon the rows and rows and bags and bags of pet food.  Our job is to help make that decision a little bit easier, and to help you make the best informed decision for your pet. QUESTIONS TO ASK A PET FOOD COMPANY The following list of questions was…

  • Sep 20 2013

    Nutrition Is The Tightrope of Life, Proper Balance and You’re Golden!

    Nutrition                 They say, ‘You are what you eat’, and that is as true for animals as it is for people.  Poor or unbalanced nutrition is one of the most common reasons we see animals in the clinic.  For example, obesity is a major issue with our pets, partially because we solidify our bond with our animals through food.  Treats are fun ways to show our pets our affection, but many pets perceive attention such as a good chin scratch or back end pat are just as rewarding. Less than 10% of an animal’s daily calorie should consist of treats. …

  • Apr 18 2013

    My North American Veterinary Conference & Disney Experience

    Back to work! In January I returned back to work after a wonderful week long vacation in Orlando, Florida, where I not only got to take my family to Disney World but I also was able to attend the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) for the first time. The North American Veterinary Conference is the largest Veterinary Conference in North America. Belonging to the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT), I have had the pleasure to attend our own OAVT conferences in both London and Toronto- but the NAVC conference is HUGE in comparison!!!  This year there was just over 15…

  • Dec 29 2012

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    Memorable Patients!

    My veterinary practice has been serving the neighbourhood of South Windsor for the last sixteen years. This means I have seen a lot of dogs and cats come through my doors. It also means I have been privileged to be a part of the entire lives of many of these animals. As veterinarians, we collect memories of the patients we see over the years.  Some of those memories are of unique cases where we feel we performed our jobs brilliantly; some of the memories are of cases where we wish we had done something differently in hindsight. But most of…

  • Dec 21 2012

    Toxins: Protect Your Pets!!!

    Toxins: Protect Your Pets! The holiday season is just around the corner and everyone’s preparations are well underway!  Carols playing in the stores, decorating the house, calling relatives and friends – what a fantastic time of year. While you’re enjoying this season, please be sure to keep your animals safe, especially from human foods which can make them sick. There are many well known foods which are toxic to our furry friends. Many of these foods may not be surprising, but there may be some you have never thought of as having the potential to make your pet ill. Chocolate. …

  • Dec 03 2012

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    Our Registered Veterinary Technicians belong to their governing body called the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT). The OAVT endorses an interactive program created by Doggone Safe which is designed to teach young school aged children about dog safety.  This program is called BE A TREE and is for children from aged Senior Kindergarten to Grade 5. This program can be presented not only at elementary schools, but daycares, drop in centers, Girl Guides, Beavers etc. It is a completely free program to attend. One of our technicians would come to the classroom at an arranged time to speak with the students. The program is designed…

  • Nov 16 2012

    Bladder Stones- Ouch!!!

    Urinary Tract Stones- Ouch!  We, as humans, can get them and our dogs and cats can get them as well. If you know anyone who has had kidney or bladder stones in the past, you’ve probably heard the stories of how painful it can be! In humans, kidney stones seem to be more common, however in animals, it is more common to see bladder stones. It seems the frequency of seeing these urinary tract stones has been increasing in the last few years. When a patient develops crystals in their bladder, these crystals combine further to form larger structures called…