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Grain free diets – Are they breaking hearts?

  There has been a lot of recent discussion in the veterinary community on the topic of grain free diets and heart disease. To help get to the bottom of the problem, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) did an overview of concerning reports that veterinary cardiologists were seeing a rise in […]

By |2022-12-01T00:40:23+00:00May 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are ticks really a concern in the winter?

Looking outside at the snow and ice that abound, we are not really thinking about the creepy crawlers that affect our pets throughout the summer months here in Southern Ontario. But maybe we should? Typically, we think of warm summer days and long grassy areas as the concerns for tick bites, but the reality of […]

By |2022-12-01T00:40:24+00:00March 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What does it mean to research pet food?

Around the New Year, I saw a post on social media about a New Year’s resolution of finding out more about the food that we feed to our pets every day. The author suggested a few things that could be helpful when deciding which food they would like such as the country of origin of […]

By |2022-12-01T00:40:25+00:00January 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to avoid a vet visit at Christmas

Recently, we saw a young cat in our hospital who had eaten a piece of string. He came in not feeling well, vomiting and not eating. When we performed x-rays and ultrasound, we found a piece of string stuck inside him that stretched all the way from his mouth, down his throat, into his stomach […]

By |2022-12-01T00:40:26+00:00December 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Should my dog smoke a joint for his arthritis?

The answer to that question is a resounding “No!”… But on the day that marijuana use becomes legalized in Canada, I thought it was a good time to talk about pot and pets. So where do we begin? Firstly, dogs and cats are extremely sensitive to the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) component of cannabis, so any ingestion […]

By |2022-12-01T00:40:27+00:00October 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can you afford your pet’s care?

Living in Canada, we are used to the idea of subsidized health care for ourselves when we get sick. Doctor’s visits, diagnostic testing and even many treatments are (with some exceptions) covered by provincial health care systems. While client service and wait times are often noted as down-sides of this system, it certainly is nice […]

By |2022-12-01T00:40:28+00:00July 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Does my dog really need a Heartworm test?

June 1st is the start of Heartworm season in southern Ontario, although it seems the mosquitos have been biting for months. This is the time by which we have had enough warm days for the Heartworm larvae to develop to an infective stage and be carried by the mosquitos to our dogs. Traditionally, a Heartworm […]

By |2022-12-01T00:40:28+00:00June 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our pets are very active, and so are TICKS!

After a very long winter, things have now warmed up and the creepy crawly bugs are back on the prowl. Ticks are now on the go, looking for their next meal! Did you know that ticks are active during any temperatures above 4 degrees Celsius! Ticks will attach onto our furry friend’s skin, feasting on […]

By |2022-12-01T00:40:29+00:00May 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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