A few good things to know about porcupine encounters with your dog As spring is turning into summer, you may pleasantly find yourself spending more time with Rover walking in natural areas, dog parks, and camping. Such lovely activities sometimes bring not-so-lovely encounters with our spiny friend, the porcupine. With such encounters, some dogs will learn their lesson on the first go around with quills, but, believe it or not, some are repeat offenders! The porcupine: Porcupines do not hibernate and are active year-round (much less so in the winter months). They......
An estimated 30% of pets are either significantly overweight or obese Obesity in cats and dogs has become a growing problem over the past several years. An estimated 30% of pets are either significantly overweight or obese. Many reasons exist, but it primarily boils down to not enough exercise and too many calories. Genetics, disease, and metabolism play a role, but to a lesser degree. Health Concerns: Health concerns can occur when a pet is obese. Excess stress on the joints from unneeded weight occurs, leading to earlier and/or more significant......
As some of us know all too well, the aging process is (unfortunately) inevitable, and the same goes for our pets. The golden years for a cat or dog may be barely noticeable for some as they are still running laps after that pesky squirrel in the yard, however others may look and feel their age! Just like us, each individual is unique with regards to how their minds and body change with the aging process. Common Health Issues: Good news! With advancing veterinary care over the past 15 to 20 years,......
Has this ever happened to your pet? It’s a lovely spring day when you and Fido are out planting the flowers in the garden. Naturally Fido is curious about the interesting things around him – old grass, bark, twigs, and OH WOW – a yellow flying thing that buzzes! Looks like THAT thing should be eaten right away! Next thing you know his face is double the size and he looks like a walking cartoon caricature. Allergic reactions in pets are a common concern. The majority of reactions occur in dogs, but......
Seeing your pet seizure can be a very unpleasant, stressful, and frightening event. Here is some helpful information on what to look for, and what to do if your pet has a seizure. What is a seizure? A seizure is a sudden, disorganized over-activity of the brain cells and their connections to one another. This can range from a localized, short seizure event to a widespread, lengthy event. There are multiple causes for a seizure that include but are not limited to: epilepsy, tumours, trauma, electrolyte imbalances, kidney or liver disease, low......
“My name is Bubbie, and I used to eat my own poo. That was up until I was one, when I kicked that “nasty” habit with the help of my “owner” (or so he likes to be called). I still eat rabbit poo every chance I get. What can I say? I am a coprohagiac and I just can’t help it.” ~ Bubbie Foster Say What?! Coprophagia (the ingestion of feces) is unfortunately an all too common problem many dog owners face. The worst part is, after having their “little brown treat”,......
Here are common spring time plants and other toxins to keep your pets away from. Lilies – Members of the Lilium spp. are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component has not yet been identified, it is clear that with even ingestion of very small amounts of the plant, severe kidney damage could result. Tulip/Narcissus bulbs – The bulb portions of Tulipa/Narcissus spp. contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities. Amaryllis – Common......
TIPS FOR A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN Fall is in the air, leaves are changing color and decorating the ground, and pumpkin carving is upon us! Halloween is on its way, and thoughts of candy, costumes, and frivolity are on our minds, however Fido might think otherwise. Here are some tips to help your pet have a safe and happy Halloween. Being as dogs and cats have much more sensitive hearing than us, they may not appreciate the doorbell ringing, knocking, and hollering of “trick or treat”. If loud noises induce stress......
Thinking about adding a new furry member to your family? Whether it be a puppy or kitten, lots of fun (and a bit of work) is ahead of you! Planning ahead can make it easier on both you and your new addition. What do I need? To ensure a smooth transition it’s a good idea to obtain the items you will need ahead of time. Collars, leashes, dishes, crates/carriers, beds, toys, (add litter box, litter and scratching posts for cats), grooming supplies and a high quality, age appropriate diet are all good......
Traveling with your pet? These tips may help… Exercise or play with your pet before getting in the car, this will help them relax during the drive. Remember to bring their food to avoid an abrupt switch of diet possibly resulting in an upset tummy. Bring a bowl and some water for your pet, a nice drink of water after all that panting is refreshing! It’s a good idea to purchase a good portable kennel for your cat or small dog to travel in. It is much safer for the both of......