Archives: Pet Care

  • Tick-Borne Disease Updates

    Deer Tick/ Black-Legged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) According to experts, the GTA is considered a moderate to high risk area when it comes to potential tick exposure. And with obvious climate changes, we’re experiencing temperatures that are more tick-friendlier than ever (seriously… we may as well start inviting them over for Sunday brunch)! To those who haven’t heard about tick-borne diseases and the risks they pose on both our dogs and ourselves, you must check out … Read More »

  • Aching, Aging Joints? Try a Laser!

    No, we’re not referring to the weapon used in a Star Wars movie but a very specific beam of light that has healing powers. This incredible, therapeutic light is completely pain-free, side-effect free, non-invasive, and helps both cats and dogs who are suffering from arthritis and joint pain (either acute or chronic). Therapeutic lasers can even help heal wounds and incision sites after surgery! This beam of light emits no heat (which can cut and … Read More »

  • Update on Canine Influenza

    We’ve received a lot of calls over the last several months about the highly publicized canine influenza – a virus spread from infected dogs brought over from South Korea. Canine influenza (or H3N2) is to the dog world what human influenza is to the human world. Coughing, sneezing, malaise (or feeling yucky), and discharge from the eyes and nose are common signs of the virus. Senior and young pets, as well as brachycephalic breeds (those … Read More »

  • Leptospirosis in the GTA

    Ontario saw an enormous increase in cases of leptospirosis in dogs in 2017. Unfortunately, one of our clinic’s own patients fell seriously ill and was hospitalized at the specialist referral hospital, where he was diagnosed with having THREE different strains of Leptospira bacteria! Miraculously, our patient survived but with some lasting kidney impairment, which his amazing family is doing all they can to help him improve. Sadly, most cases of leptospirosis are either fatal or … Read More »

  • Fatal Tapeworm Infection Update

    Last year, we reported on a highly dangerous and fatal intestinal parasite that can be transmitted to dogs, cats, and humans called Echinococcus multilocularis. You can read more about the infection here. Because the disease is mainly spread through contact with infected feces, dogs and outdoor cats are susceptible to this parasite. Humans, by way of direct contact with their dog or outdoor cat’s stools, are at risk too. Prior to 2012, this tapeworm was … Read More »

  • Break a Bone? Get a Cat!

    Seriously! And it’s all in that wonderful purr. All of us cat owners can agree that a cat’s purr is a wonderful sound; it relaxes us after a long, hard day and reminds us that in a world of sometimes complete chaos that everything will be alright. But there more to this glorious purr! Not only is the sound very pleasant but research has found the very vibration or frequency that’s emitted by a domestic … Read More »

  • Save the Date: Saturday, June 9th from 1-3pm! Our Annual Charity Fundraiser is ON!

    Don’t be shy! Please join our clinic family, some amazing clients and their furry owners, and nutritious and delicious snacks on Saturday, June 9th from 1-3pm to help raise funds for the OVC’s Pet Trust Fund. This charity is committed to research. Discovering new diagnostics and finding new treatments for various diseases, OVC’s Pet Trust Fund has contributed to the veterinary industry in profound ways. This charity is currently invested in 13 different projects ranging … Read More »

  • Welcome Three New Clinic Family Members!

    This past year we sought to find new veterinary technicians that shared our passion for what we do. Please help us in welcoming two new Registered Veterinary Technicians, Lara and Tanya!   Lara joined our team in the fall of 2017 after graduating from the Veterinary Technician program at Seneca College and writing her registration exam. Living at home with her family, Lara wasn’t able to get a furry family member of her own until … Read More »

  • Heartworm-Positive Cases

    One of the most reputable and popular veterinary laboratories in Ontario reported heartworm-positive rates increased almost 1700% from 2012 to 2017! No, that percentage is not a typo and, yes, you’ve read that correctly. That’s a terrifying number considering there are many more pets that go undiagnosed every year! One of the factors that contributes to this is the growing number of international adoptions from heartworm-positive endemic areas in the United States. Rescue agencies are … Read More »

  • Dogs and Acid Reflux Disease

    Acid reflux disease in dogs is much the same as it is in humans—a reverse flow of gastric or intestinal fluids from the stomach back into the esophagus. The gastrointestinal juices irritate the lining of the esophagus, causing inflammation and pain. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment for acid reflux from a Richmond Hill veterinarian. Causes Young dogs may develop acid reflux because their gastro-esophageal sphincters—the opening at the base of the esophagus—are still … Read More »