What in the world in Echinococcus multilocularis (and why should I care?)

June and July brings creepy-crawly, icky, disgusting parasites into focus on our blog here at Caledon Mountain Veterinary Hospital. For the most part, parasites are not a big concern for people living in the western world, unless you child comes home from school with lice. But since our pets go places we don’t go, eat things that we don’t eat, and roll in stuff that we don’t (usually) roll in, they are a different story for our companion animals. Echinococcus multilocularis is a different story, however, and the story reads a little like horror novel if you ask me. More
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Please don’t ignore the cat indoor

    “My cat lives indoors- he doesn’t need to go to the vet”   This is a relatively common sentiment from cat owners. Working at a Veterinary Hospital, we hear this on a regular basis. What is more, there are lots of cat owners that don’t say this to us, they simply don’t bring their cats in for a yearly health exam.. Why is that? Well, first off, cats are pretty independent creatures. They often appear to get along fine without much input from us. Clean the litter, put out the food, cuddle on the couch when you watch TV; cats
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The Stigma of an FIV Positive Cat

I remember years ago when I was volunteering at the Toronto Humane Society, so many great animals were ready to be adopted. Most of them were cats.  One particular room had all the FIV positive cats together away from the limelight of visitors.  Many of them had been there for a long time and I can understand why, people lack understanding about FIV and were scared that they might be a lot of work to take on. What is FIV? FIV or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a retrovirus that shares the same genus as HIV.  It is limited to cats
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Nutritional Management of Feline Urinary Symptoms

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is a term used to describe any disorder affecting the urinary bladder or urethra of cats and is a very common reason for hospital visits of our feline pets here at Caledon Mountain. The presenting complaint is very commonly inappropriate urination. A few considerations will be made when you bring your feline friend to us: Have there been any environmental changes in the house (ie. New family member, new pet, new furniture, renovations) Any discomfort trying to urinate, vocalization, frequent trips to the litter box. How many litter boxes are accessible to the cat. Once
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