Archives: Pet Care

  • Please Join Us – Saturday, June 1st from 1-3pm

    Every summer, our clinic hosts an annual fundraising event to raise monies for animal-related charities that deserve our support. Over the last few years, we’ve been hosting these events in honour of OVC’s Pet Trust Fund, and this year will be no different. This agency is at the University of Guelph and is responsible for conducting research and development into new diagnostics and treatments for a range of different diseases that effect our pets. We … Read More »

  • New Clinic Family Members

    We have four new”ish” team members! Please meet Dr. Lily Hu, Chantal (Registered Veterinary Technician), Selena (our new patient/client-care-coordinator), Grace (our new evening patient/client-care-coordinator), and Hazelnut (our new clinic mascot): Dr. Lily was born and raised in Toronto, where she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. She then went on to study veterinary medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. She is especially interested in preventive care and feline medicine. Growing up watching … Read More »

  • Grain-Free Diets and Heart Disease

    There is an interesting phenomenon that’s been happening in pet food in the last decade. Many dietary movements happening in human nutrition are being mirrored by pet foods. One such trend is the fear of the grain! As grain-free pet food diets increased in popularity, unfortunately so did incident rates of a condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). In fact, so many cases of DCM have been reported by veterinarians in recent years that the Food … Read More »

  • All About Essential Oils

    Did you know your Listerine mouthwash contains three essential oils? What about your hand soap, dish soap, or even clothes dryer sheets? Many of the household products we use today are chalk-full of essential oils but what exactly are “essential oils”? Essential oils are volatile organic compounds that come from plants. Essential oils have a very low heating point, so they become very fragrant at low temperatures (think of strong perfumes or using a diffuser … Read More »

  • Prebiotics, Probiotics, and the Microbiome

    The gastrointestinal tract is an extremely complex environment and is home to trillions of microbes (bacteria and fungi). Among these trillions of microbes, researchers estimate there are probably 1,000 different types of bacteria in the human colon. Animal researchers think this is probably the same in cats and dogs. These bacteria are called probiotics and co-exist to maintain a symbiotic relationship; that is, they live together in delightful harmony and help each other fend off … Read More »

  • Update of a Fatal Tapeworm Infection in Canada!

    For the last two years, a deadly intestinal parasite has been creeping its way through Canada. This parasite, called Echinococcus multilocularis, is a particular type of tapeworm that is prevalent throughout Europe, Asia, and Alaska, but has finally made a home in Canada over the last few years. While initial reports indicated there were only a handful of dogs infected (with no travel history), recent reports prove this fatal parasite is now “well establish in … Read More »

  • Arthritis in Cats – Sadly Under-diagnosed

    View Septic Arthritis article Most people would be surprised to learn that dogs aren’t the only ones that have to endure arthritic conditions. When most people hear the word “arthritis” (or osteoarthritis) or related degenerative joint disease, they immediately think of a senior dog with trouble getting up, using the stairs, or walking. Many people believe these orthopedic issues to be predominantly a canine disease, but research has proven (through imaging studies) that 90% of … Read More »

  • A New Strain of Canine Distemper … and We May Have an Outbreak!

    Canine distemper is a disease that effects our canine companions (and other wildlife, like racoons, and foxes) and is caused by viruses that attack the immune system. There have been many historic outbreaks of this disease in the last 30 years and is most often fatal, especially if contracted by a puppy or senior dog. Even if a dog survives this virus, they are typically left with permanent damage. In North America, two different strains … Read More »

  • Cannabis and Our Pets

    In human medicine, cannabis has been prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of nausea, vomiting, chronic pain, epilepsy, anxiety disorders, irritable bowel disease, inappetence, and more, especially in cancer patients. There also are indications that cannabis may have similar benefits to our pets. Mammals have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is a system that regulates neurotransmitters, receptors, and enzymes that help maintain normalcy throughout the body. Cannabis directly affects the way the ECS works. There are many … Read More »

  • Parasites and Prevention – What You Need to Know!

    If you’ve been noticing the positive temperatures and thinking it may be parasite season, you’re right! Here’s all you need to know about which parasites to be concerned about this year and what to do to protect your furry family members (and your human family members too)! Ticks Ticks have been making the news for some years now because of their prominence across Canada. Our last two newsletters reported on ticks and the diseases they … Read More »