Living With Ticks: Protect Yourself and Your Pet

Living With Ticks

Over the years, ticks have been hitching a ride on migratory birds and making their way to Ontario and bringing certain diseases with them. Understanding how ticks behave and what you can do to avoid acquiring tickborne diseases will help ensure that you and your pet continue to enjoy your time outdoors safely. What Exactly…

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Pet Health Insurance

Pet Health Insurance

Pet health insurance policies are primarily designed to cover accidents and illnesses. For an added fee, a few companies offer additional coverage for routine vaccinations and other care such as dental cleanings. How much you pay for insurance and what’s covered depends on a number of factors including the type of pet you have (cats…

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How to Help Your Cat’s Scratching

Unwanted Scratching In Cats

While it can be frustrating when cats scratch and damage furniture and other household items, and it may be tempting to want to stop the scratching altogether, it’s important to remember that scratching itself is a normal, innate behavior for cats. In most cases, it’s not actually the scratching that’s the problem — it’s what…

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Cat Carriers

cat carrier

Cats are creatures of habit and prefer the comforts of home over travelling to unfamiliar places such as veterinary hospitals and grooming or boarding facilities. But travel is inevitable, and carriers provide a safe and secure way to transport cats. Whether you’re raising a kitten or living with an adult cat, here are some guidelines…

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Trimming Nails in Kittens: Taking the Stress Out of Nail Trims

trimming nails in kittens

Nail trims should be part of every kitten’s grooming routine. Trimming your kitten’s nails prevents them from becoming ingrown into a paw pad, catching on things, or causing paws to slip and toes to splay, affecting mobility. It also helps prevent damage to furniture, carpets, and other surfaces. Scratching is a normal feline behaviour that…

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Enrichment for Kittens

enrichment for kittens

Kittens are curious creatures that love to explore and learn about the world in a variety of ways. Enrichment provides physical exercise and mental stimulation that allows your kitten to engage in natural behaviors while building confidence and alleviating boredom, anxiety, and frustration. Without regular and appropriate enrichment throughout their lives, felines are prone to…

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Prophylactic Gastropexy: Preventing Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

Prophylactic Gastropexy

Prophylactic gastropexy is a surgery aimed at preventing the stomach from twisting on itself (a condition called gastric dilatation-volvulus) by securing the stomach to the abdominal wall. We recommend this procedure for dogs at highest risk for the condition (typically deep-chested large or giant breeds). There are a number of ways to accomplish a prophylactic…

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Neutering Dogs: What is the Best Age?

neutering dogs when

The decision on when to neuter your dog depends on many factors including your dog’s breed, genetic predispositions/disease risk, size, lifestyle, and how you feel about managing him to avoid testosterone-driven behaviours including the drive to mate with an intact female. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) provides a simple spay/neuter age chart shown below…

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Laparoscopic Spays: Your Questions Answered

Laparoscopic Spays

We perform our dog spays laparoscopically – also known as minimally invasive or keyhole surgery because it requires only a small incision into the abdomen. The laparoscope used for this surgery is a slim tubular instrument outfitted with a light source, a camera, and a channel for inserting slim surgical instruments. The camera relays video…

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Spaying Dogs When and Why?

spaying dogs when and why

The decision on when to spay your dog depends on many factors including your dog’s breed, genetic predispositions/disease risk, size, lifestyle, and how you feel about managing her through heat cycles. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) provides a simple spay/neuter age chart shown below that can help you decide. It’s based on AAHA’s 2019…

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