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Meet Sam. He is an adorable four month old black and white kitty. He is perfectly healthy and extremely interactive and affectionate. He loves to chase after toys and then he will climb onto your lap to cuddle. He is a little purr machine who will fit in with any kind of family. He’s had bot…

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We're always stressing how important it is to stay hydrated in the hot summer months, and this goes for our furry friends too - with all that fur, they get hotter even faster than we do, which is why it's even more important that our pets always have access to adequate water. And the hot wea…

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In case you've done some research and decided to adopt a rabbit, here is some information about your rabbit that will help you these first few weeks.

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Spring is a time for renovating our home, updating our wardrobe, and taking care of our furry friends. With the thaw comes potential hazards to dogs and cats that can, and should, be avoided.

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Since the legalization of medical marijuana, CBD oil has become all the rage for humans and pets a like! This non-intoxicating marijuana extract also known as Cannabidiol, is a phytocannabinoid that was originally discovered in the 1940s. It is a compound found in the cannabis and hemp plant…

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With all the late spring clean-up we're doing in our homes, those of us who have pets have an added dimension to our process, and that's cleaning up after our pets. Whether it's pet hair that gets stuck to furniture and carpeting, or unwanted smells that seem to be lingering, this is the ult…

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There is a dangerous myth that continues to play out in veterinary world about senior pets (especially cats) needing less protein as they get older. Not only has this myth (made popular in the 1930s) been debunked countless times, but formulated Veterinary Senior Formulas only ensures that y…

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In light of February being Dental Health month, we’ve decided to debunk some dental myths and offer some guidance!

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Do you have a pet who is chronically itchy? Does he lick or bite his paws? He is prone to ear infections that just never seem to go away? Or maybe he has a very distinctive odour, similar to cheesy musty corn chips? If your furry friend checks yes to most, if not all of the symptoms above, t…

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Many couples, families, or even single people often think about getting a pet. To be quite honest, I am one of those people. There are many different kinds of pets that you can get and many places to get one. I hope this post enlightens you about adopting a pet, especially the right one for …

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In 2012, I was involved in an unfortunate incident with my dog, which resulted in him being put to sleep. That same dog literally saved my life six months prior. My dog had one issue that became apparent that one time in that one incident. When I started looking for “help,” I called several …

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If you love dogs, cats, or any other kind of pet, then PETCON is the event for you! Taking place at the Javits Centre in New York City November 17-18, it's two days of insightful panels, fun activities and can't miss meet-and-greets with your favourite celebrity pets.

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Confusing food allergies and food sensitivities (intolerances) is a common mistake a lot of pet owners make - and veterinarians too! Since they are two very different immunological responses and require completely different care, we thought we'd clear things up for you!

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There are some situations where your pet may require urgent care from a veterinarian, and other situations that they may be able to wait. Sometimes it is evident to determine the urgency of the situation, and other times it can be hard for the non-medically trained pet parents. When in doubt…

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There are many reasons that can cause a cat to urinate outside his litter box. It is very important to first rule out any medical cause, such as a urinary tract infection or a cystitis (an inflammation of the bladder) to name a few. Once your veterinarian has examined your cat and completed …

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This post is going to be about what I wish I had known when I got my rabbit, Piko. A lot of pet stores sell rabbits, but I recommend that you check out your local SPCA or animal shelter because lots of rabbits are abandoned all the time, especially black ones and white ones with “red” eyes. …

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As the colder weather approaches, I would like to remind everyone how to prepare for the cold months ahead. If you are a cat owner I strongly urge you to not let them out during the winter.  Personally I prefer my cats to remain indoors all year round, as it is simply safer for them. There a…

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The holiday season is a time when our pets are under a lot of pressure. The normal daily routine is upset and everything is in turmoil. Visitors come to visit, or owners are away in the evenings visiting their family and friends.

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Our pets are like family, and we want them to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. With our hectic lives we may forget that we need to be proactive about the well-being of our pets, so here are a few gentle reminders on keeping your pet healthy.

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While most of us pet owners have experienced this scenario at least once in our lives, for some of us this is an everyday struggle: picture yourself lovingly putting food in your pet's dish, only to have them sniff it, make a face and walk away, hungry but stubborn. No matter what food you o…

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Back to school time means leaving pets home alone solo, something they may not be used to after a busy summer of family members being home. So here are a few tips on leaving pets alone at home so that everyone is comfortable with the back-to-school schedule - even your furry or feathered friends.

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Those of us specializing in species appropriate nutrition and integrative holistic medicine have long known that there was something very deeply wrong about the inner workings of the commercial pet food industry, its very close relationship with veterinary institutions, and the link that exi…

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Just as we get overheated in summertime, so, too, do our dogs. With an extra layer of insulation (their fur), they can overheat quicker than us, which is why you'll want to read these tips on keeping your pup cool in summer.

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So, you've had your bunny for one month now! Here are some things that I bought within the first month of adopting Piko that you might want to get for your rabbit.

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Contrary to the belief of some in the pet food industry, dogs are carnivores and their entire physiology is designed to rip, tear, crunch and consume meat, bone, organ and a small amount of fresh greens. Dogs have short digestive tracts, much shorter than our own, and are specifically adapte…

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If your pet travels with you, whether they love the word "car ride" and hop in with excitement, or they cry the whole way, here is what you need to know before heading out.

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It was at a New Year’s Eve party when my family and I were at our friend’s country house. I was twelve years old and I loved visiting these friends because they had this sweet golden retriever named Lili. In my family we were not allowed to have a dog, so you can imagine how excited I was to…

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The holidays can be a beautiful and magical time of the year. A time when the bright lights that glisten off the glittering white snow save our spirits from the previous months of sudden cold, early darkness, and dreary rain. We gather our decorations to brighten our homes and collect the in…

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The holiday season is fast approaching. This is a wonderful time to get together and it is also a big time for gift giving. We enjoy surprising our loved ones with something they love and want. However, please remember that a pet is not a good gift.

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Every week we receive many calls and reports of both lost and found pets. A handful of pets were brought in lately without any identification and were not microchipped either. It is very sad when a pet that clearly belongs to someone comes in and we are unable to help reunite them with their…

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Did you know that only a small number of veterinary hospitals are accredited? Unlike human hospitals, veterinary hospitals are not required to be accredited; it is done on a voluntary basis. Being accredited means the hospital is evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excelle…

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Halloween is fun but it can be a dangerous and stressful to pets. We all know that chocolate is toxic to pets, the darker the chocolate (the less sugar it has) the more dangerous. There are however other dangers that lurk on the eve of Halloween and I am not referring to goblins and ghosts.

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“I’m in it for the money," said no veterinary technician ever.  Yet they still do it, and more often than not with a smile on their face.  Veterinary technicians (“vet techs” for short) are practically omnipotent beings.  They are capable of doing so much and unfortunately are not often reco…

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We often need to take medications to help with certain ailments, and it is true for our pets as well. However, it is important to remember that although they may be similar in some ways, our pets are very different from us. They have variations with their physiology and metabolism. Therefore…

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Many of us pet owners think that by giving our fury friends treats this will make them love us even more than they already do. However, I believe that your pet will appreciate you even more if you give them a good pat or play with them versus offering a treat. I am not saying that it is not …

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Regardless of whether you are looking for a new addition to your family or your loyal companion has been part of your life for some time now.  It's important to be prepared for the financial responsibility that comes with pet ownership. Preventive exams, vaccines and parasite control are eas…

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Obesity is the most common health problem in small animals today.  There are approximately 44 million dogs and 55 million cats* who are overweight or obese.  In North America, more than 50% of dogs and cats have a problem with their weight.  There are many health concerns associated with exc…

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Humans love to eat chocolate. It is part of all our major holidays, most notably, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. Unfortunately, dogs break down chocolate much more slowly than humans, making them more susceptible to it. But all chocolates are not created equal. So, when s…

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Cats are masters of disguise. It is normal for them to hide when they're not feeling well, it's a defense mechanism. If they show weakness, they become more vulnerable. Most cats will show us some subtle signs that something isn't right; would you be able to tell?

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Remain calm. Remove all access to more poison.  Call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline. Make sure you know what the toxic item was, how much was eaten, when was it ingested and what symptoms your pet is exhibiting now. The signs of ingestion of a toxic substance range from vomitin…

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When a sick pet comes in, we often need to resort to diagnostic testing to find the problem, establish a diagnosis and set up a treatment plan. A good physical exam is very important and will give us many answers and help point us in the right direction, but it does have its limitations. One…

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When I was growing up, there was nothing else I wanted to do then to dedicate my life to animals. I knew that in some way or another, I would work with them.