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‘Tis the season to be jolly, not to engage in spontaneous folly. It happens every year during the holiday season and those of us who volunteer at animal rescue organizations know that come January, we will be bursting at the seams with unwanted pets that were bought on a whim. Dogs, cats, bi…

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Deciding to introduce a new pet into your home is a huge step. You have carefully considered the time, the emotional commitment, and the financial resources required for pet ownership, and you’re all-in! Now it’s time to find that perfect companion…so where do you look?

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House-soiling is one of the top reasons that people surrender or re-home their cats. Cat urine has a strong odour and can be very difficult to clean from your home and furnishings. Urination and defecation outside of the litter box can be triggered by stress, behavioural concerns, medical co…

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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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Moving season is always a very busy time for animal shelters in Quebec, but it was likely to be even busier this year. The pandemic’s impact on people’s income, the historic shortage in housing and the delays in construction make finding a rental very difficult for everyone, but all the more…

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We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts:

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One of the most intelligent of dog breeds — and my personal favourite, the poodle — is popular with many dog lovers. Its origins can be traced back to Germany and then France as it was bred to retrieve fowl, mainly ducks, in the water. The name “poodle” is said to come from the German word “…

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Our pets are extended members of our families – they provide us with comfort, security and companionship. And in this time of uncertainty, we want to protect them as much as possible. The Suburban spoke with veterinarian Dr. Enid Stiles of Hôpital Vétérinaire Sherwood Park in Beaconsfield an…

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This year’s moving season is shaping up to be disastrous. Not only has the housing shortage reached historic levels worsened by construction delays, the pandemic has caused income loss for many Quebecers. Finding a rental unit in the present context is extremely difficult, and even more so f…

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Most dictionaries define the word “pet” as an animal that you have at home for companionship or pleasure rather than one that is kept for work or food. Traced back to the 16th century, the word “pet” comes from the Scottish Gaelic “peata”, which means “tame animal” and seemed to have evolved…

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If a Great Dane or English Mastiff is not your cup of tea and tiny breeds are your thing, the delicate and diminutive Chihuahua may be just the one for you with the smallest actually fitting in your teacup. This breed is perfectly capable of walking but can often be found poking its head out…

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Though cats may not be considered as man’s best friend lots of people are actually huge fans of cats. As it turns out these purring animals do not only attract rich pet lovers but also those who are comfortable with the stray ones. With this, the rise of cat food continuously grows as well.

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While some of our furry friends are perfectly content hanging out solo during the day, others can really struggle. In fact, sometimes as our pets age they start to resent or even rebel against the solitude.

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They have their telescopes trained on us and are watching our every move. Of course, you know I’m referring to extra terrestrials who have nothing better to do than study our little beleaguered planet and our questionable behaviour. But right here on Earth, in your very own home, you are bei…

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Let’s start by talking about the kidneys for a minute. The kidneys are responsible for maintaining normal concentrations of salt, water, calcium and phosphorous in our pet’s body. This vital organ also helps control blood pressure and encourage red-blood cell production. In addition, the kid…

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As many humans tend to move away from meat-based diets and focus on other dietary alternatives, becoming vegetarian or vegan has moved into the pet domain as well. It’s a touchy and very personal subject with proponents for both sides squaring off and believing their choices for their pets a…

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The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, formerly Burma, is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia and due to a common mispronunciation, many people will argue that the Bernese Mountain Dog — or Burmese Mountain Dog as they will say — originated there. In fact, this glorious breed was b…

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It’s not always easy to find the perfect place to live, a place where you have all the space and amenities you need, where you feel secure and are in pleasant surroundings and above all, a place you can afford. As a baby boomer, I lived in a modest but comfortable childhood home with a decen…