Client Education

Down To Earth Pet Information On The Topics That Affect You And Your Pet

From choosing the right pet for your household to managing your pet’s behaviour, and everything in between, we have tips and information to help you and your pet live a wonderful life together. Visit us often to see what new articles we’ve posted!

 


How-To Videos


 

Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth

Teaching your cat to accept brushing will take some training, but will be very beneficial to the cat once he is accustomed to the process.

 

 

Caring for Your Diabetic Cat

There are several key things to keep in mind when handling, storing, and administering insulin for your diabetic cat. This video gives an overview of how to manage your pet's diabetic condition to give your cat a long, healthy, and happy life.

 

 

Giving Your Cat a Pill

Giving your cat a pill doesn't have to be difficult. Watch this video for helpful tips that make "pilling" a cat easy, including buttering the pill to make it slide down the throat and then blowing gently into your cat's nose to stimulate the swallowing reflex.

*Tip: Always remember to wash the pill down with a small amount of water, using a syringe, in order to ensure that the pill safely makes it's way down the esophagus. 

 

How to Apply Eye Medication to Your Cat's Eyes

In this video, the process of  giving your cat eye drops or eye ointment medication, is demonstrated and includs tips that make it an easier experience for both you and your pet.

 

 

 

How to Care For Your Pet After Surgery

This video provides helpful tips for caring for your pet after surgery.

For additional information, you may read the following article,

Anesthesia and Your Dog

 

 

How To Apply Revolution 

As Easy As 1, 2, 3 

Once a month, simply, squeeze Revolution out and onto the skin just just in front of your cat or dog's shoulder blades. Two hours later, your pet will receive protection against fleas (including their eggs and larvae), heartworm, and other parasites for the next 30 days. No pills to mash into your pet's food. No sticky sprays. No more juggling lots of different products. 

In the event that you bathe your pet two hours after applying Revolution, rest assured knowing Revolution will be unaffected, remaining completely effective. 

 


Client Education Articles


 

Recognize the Top 4 Signs of Diabetes In Your Pet...

...And What You Can do About It 

 

It’s never too soon to recognize the early signs of diabetes in your dog or cat. To help build awareness of this health problem, National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month is observed each November as a time to recognize warning signs of diabetes mellitus in your pet.

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Tips & Treats For Halloween Pet Safety 

The Scary Truth About Halloween Treats & Your Pet!

 

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Pet Obesity

Are Your Pets Biting Off More Than They Should Chew?

 

....millions of dogs and cats have also seen their waists expand along with the health problems associated with obesity, such as diabetes, kidney failure and arthritis. And just like it is for humans, the ability to return to a normal weight and stay that way is just as much a struggle for pets as it is for you. 

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7 Summer Safety Tips for Pets 

April showers are gone, and the sun’s rays are on. Now’s the time to enjoy some cat cuddles and romps with your dogs. But make sure your pets stay healthy and safe during this season marked by pests and high temperatures. Here are seven ways to safeguard your pets:

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Does Your Pet Need A Supplement? 

Even though we are supposed to get all the vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids in our normal foods, we sometimes don't eat enough of them to obtain the benefits. So we pop a vitamin and go on our way. But what about our pets? Do they need nutritional supplements? Even if he's eating a good diet, does your pet need a supplement? There are several reasons why he may....or may not. 

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Spring Time and Parasite Prevention

Insect-borne diseases are becoming more prevalent in Southern Ontario every year. That includes heartworm disease (spread by mosquitoes) and Lyme disease (spread by ticks). You can protect your dog through yearly blood testing and by using monthly preventative medications...

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Dog-Safe Mosquito Repellent 

  • 5mL (1 tsp.) tea tree oil
  • 1L (1 quart) water
  • Sprinkle crushed rosemary
  • Squeezed lemon

1. Boil to mix, let cool, put in spray bottles.

2. Apply light layer to dog's coat twice a week.

 
*Can also try tea tree oil shampoo (a dog-specific one). For example Tropiclean, VetiRepell, Ectopamine.
 
**Can substitute citronella oil with, witch hazel, peppermint, lemon basil, lemon oregano or lemon geranium in above recipe.

 

~ Courtesy of Dr. Diane Chandler

 


Diagnostically Speaking...

Pets, Tests and All The Rest!

As a pet owner, it's important to ensure that your family members receive the medical attention necessary to stay healthy. While an annual exam is an excellent way to accomplish this, it is also vital to run diagnostic tests similar to those run on humans, to "see on the inside" what the outward exam cannot.

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Roly-Poly Pets

What Are The Signs Of Pet Obesity?

For dogs and cats, an ideal body weight is based on factors such as age, breed, gender and build. Where your pet is on the scale may seem like a gray area. Here are a few signs to look for to determine if your pet needs to drop a few pounds, along with some suggestions to help get them and their diet in shape, hopefully without too much resistance from your tubby tabby or portly pup. 

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Heartworm Disease Is Everywhere...

Why You Need To Protect Your Pets Now!

 

It used to be that heartworm disease - one of the most invasive parsitic worms known in the pet world - was something only found in warmer, humid climates. Spread by mosquitoes, heartworm disease has devastating effects on dogs and, yes, even cats by invading internal the heart, lungs and liver. and no state or province is safe from this disease, which is now found across North America and even colder climates. 

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What are Signs of Heartworm in Dogs?

Mosquitos are more than just annoying – they’re harmful. Besides inflicting nasty bites that itch a lot, these flying mini-vampires transmit heartworms. April is National Heartworm Awareness Month, but this isn’t just a disease of springtime – it’s something you need to know about year-round.

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Guidelines for Selecting a Pet

Many behavior and health problems in pets can be prevented by seeking guidance before obtaining a new pet. Such a consultation will help you select the best pet for the household, but also provide information on how to prepare in advance for the new arrival.

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Introducing a Kitten to a New Home

How best should I introduce my new kitten to my home? Your interaction with your new kitten begins on the ride home.  Cats should always be transported in some kind of carrier in the car.

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Puppy Training Basics

At what age can I start training my new puppy? You will be training your puppy from the moment you bring it home and start to house train. Puppies start learning from birth. Good breeders encourage handling and socialization from birth.

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Introduction to Aggressive Behaviour in Pets

What is aggression? Aggression is defined as threats or harmful actions directed toward another individual. In animals, aggressive behaviors are a means of communication. Dogs and cats use aggressive displays, threats and attacks to resolve competitive disputes over resources (territory, food) or to increase their reproductive potential. 

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