Help! My dog got quill’d now what?

Imagine hiking on your favourite trail with your dog off leash, and you see your beloved pet investigating something, he or she lets out a big yelp and comes running back to you covered in porcupine quills. What do you do? If you search the internet many people suggest trying to pull them out quickly, or trying to cut them shorter to make things easier for your pet. While we definitely understand the desire to help your four legged friend, the best course of action is to get to your veterinarian as soon as possible. The North American porcupine is
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How to throw a Summer Birthday Party for your Pooch!

It’s your buddy’s birthday and you want to do something special, because after all, he or she is your child. So what things are important to think about when throwing a birthday party for your pooch? A few key things are location (outdoor AND indoor options), invitations (inviting your pets besties, both canine and human), healthy snacks, fun games, and supervision! We will go into each of these aspects a little more below! KEEPING COOL! First and foremost, let’s discuss the importance of water and access to the indoors to cool down. Just like kids, dogs can get overheated easily.
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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 heart conditions in dogs fed grain free diets and I thought that I would outline the information in the article to help look at the complex interactions in this issue. What is Dilated Cardiomyopathy? Dilated Cardiomyopathy is the most commonly reported cardiac condition in large breed
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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 things is that as weather patterns vary, tick season may last longer than we think, and be more difficult to predict. Any days above 4 degrees Celsius can have ticks that are sleeping under protective layers of leaf litter in forested areas start waking up
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