Pet Fire Safety

As we’re all well aware, the late summer months are the peak of “wildfire season”.  Most families have some sort of evacuation plan, but are your pets part of your plan?  Fires, whether they are grass fires or house fires, can start and travel very quickly.  Having a written out and practiced plan is the best way to keep you and your entire household safe. 

Leptospirosis – What is it and how can it be prevented?

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by contact and infection of the Leptospira bacteria.  These leptospires will spread throughout the entire body, reproducing in the liver, kidneys, central nervous system, eyes, and reproductive system.  Although dogs are most commonly affected

National Lost Pet Prevention Month

Have you ever experienced the helpless and terrifying feeling of frantically searching for your lost pet?  Maybe they got lost in town when they darted out the front door; or in the woods while out for a walk.  Perhaps you were on vacation and they were lost in an unfamiliar environment. 

The Importance of Rabies Vaccinations

Rabies is a very serious and fatal virus that affects the central nervous system of an animal or human.  Although any warm-blooded mammal can contract the rabies virus, it is most commonly found in wild animals such as coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats.  The virus is spread through…

Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)

Most people have heard the term “anemia”, either referred to in humans or animals.  Anemia is a condition that occurs when the number of red blood cells in the body falls below the normal values, or they function improperly.

Feline Chin Acne

Cats can get acne too??  That’s right; we humans aren’t the only ones!  Some cats will only get acne one time in their life, while others may have a life-long struggle with it.  Feline acne doesn’t seem to have any preference for age, gender or breed either.  (Boy, it is a lot like human acne isn’t it?!)  Understanding what it is and how to treat it will make things easier on both you and your feline friend.

Pet Dangers Lurking in your Home

We all like to think of our homes as being safe havens for our pets.  We are offering them protection from the dangers of the outside world, right?  What some people are not aware of however, are the dangers that lurk INSIDE our homes.  Unfortunately, there are several products that we may use on a daily basis that are very dangerous, and sometimes even fatal, to our animals. 

Pet Dental Health Month

In recognition of February being “Pet Dental Health Month”, let’s talk about your pet’s pearly whites!  Some people are unaware that their pets can actually have some of the same dental problems that they may experience.  These problems include, but are not limited to:  broken teeth and roots, periodontal disease, cysts or tumors in the mouth, abscesses or infected teeth, misalignment of the bite, broken jaw, etc. 

Responsible pet owners Spay and Neuter

If you are a pet owner, one of the first things you should have or should be considering is the spaying or neutering of your pet.  The decision to spay or neuter your pet will have a huge effect on their overall long-term health and welfare. 

How to ensure you (and your pets) have a Happy Holiday!

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us!  Christmas trees are being decorated, lights are being hung, and goodies are being baked!  Oh, it’s just wonderful, isn’t it?  There’s just one teensy little problem…

National Cat Lover's Month

In recognition of December being National Cat Lover’s Month, let’s talk about one of the most controversial pet topics out there, and something that has recently been banned in the province of BC:  declawing cats.  To some, the act of declawing a cat is the most horrendous form of torture possible, but in some cases, there may be a medical reason why claws need to be removed.  So…keeping the well-being of our feline friends a priority, let’s discuss the facts of this subject.

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes occurs when the body cannot use glucose, the main source of energy for a body’s cells.  When there is not enough glucose transported into the cells, there is not enough energy for the cells to function normally; in turn, the tissues become starved for that energy.  A dog or cat will not be able to live long if this goes untreated. 

Cancer in your pet

The word “cancer” is probably one of the most feared words in our world today; and unfortunately that doesn’t stop with humans – it affects our pets as well.  According to the National Canine Cancer Foundation, it is a diagnosis one out of every three dogs will receive in their lifetime.

Halloween Horrors

Our pets tend to be creatures of habit, meaning they are most comfortable when they’re in their normal routine.  When that routine is interrupted, they can be easily agitated or become scared and anxious.  Halloween is no exception to this, especially for a dog that does not understand what is going on.  The costumes, noise, lights, and activity may scare them.  Whether you’re taking your dog trick-or-treating with you or staying home to hand out candy, take a moment to make sure your furry pal is safe and secure.

National Walk your Dog Week

Most dogs love the outdoors.  There are so many sights, smells, and places to pee that it may seem like they go a little crazy every time that front door opens!  However, an over-excited dog can be really difficult to walk.  It may seem more like they’re walking you than you’re walking them.