In the past 20 years, cat owners have stepped up their game by keeping kitties inside and providing good preventive health care and as a result, cats are living longer, healthier lives. Nobody knows for certain how many golden oldie kitties there are in Canada, but one...

While dogs are highly intelligent, emotional, and expressive creatures, we can sometimes forget that they can be subtle in their communications as well.  Very well-trained, patient dogs can tolerate a lot of things that we do with them and to them, but even though a go...

We all want to know how we and our pets can live longer and better, right? Science is just beginning to discover and manipulate the factors that influence lifespan in pets, and much of that research has been has been started on dogs.

Genes influence how long we live,...

Essential oils and aromatherapy have been said to reduce anxiety, increase relaxation and energy in people, but do they do the same for our pets? Many of us have essential oil diffusers in our homes and love the smell, but how do they affect our pets?

What are essenti...

If you have a senior cat, chances are you are concerned for their health and longevity. It’s true: senior cats have special needs. Let’s talk about 5 steps you can take to ensure that your cat enjoys quantity, and quality of life in the golden years.

 

Tip Number one: Ge...

Most people are well aware of the common dangers of heart disease in humans, but companion animal heart health is a mystery to many pet parents. Can parallels be drawn between human heart disease and feline and canine heart disease to help understand heart disease bett...

March 30, 2016

The public perception of animals as connected to humans is making the death of animals more emotional than it has been in the past. This directly ties in with the difficult and complex decisions pet owners often have to make at the end of a pet’s life.  I recently atte...

Just like people, pets can get cancer. Pet parents are usually the first to detect a small bump on their pet’s skin, and most people make an appointment with their veterinarian immediately to have it evaluated.  Before you hit the panic button, however, I want to let y...

Being a pet owner means getting your hands dirty, even just a little bit. There are several DIY procedures that are a must-know for modern-day pet owners interested in the best health for their pet.  These tips can help your veterinarian and can improve the health of y...

February 29, 2016

Chronic, occasional vomiting in cats can be a great frustration to clients and veterinarians, and despite what Dr. Google says, it is NOT normal for cats to vomit on a regular or even semi-regular basis. Unfortunately, vomiting cats are so common that many pet parents...

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February 16, 2016

Have you ever been embarrassed about how your pet acts at the vet? Many pet parents apologize to me about their pet’s behaviour at our veterinary hosp...