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  • Here is a good composite for your cat’s food: Protein 32%, Fat 18%, Fiber 3%. Sound good right? Well what if you were told that this in the composite from a pair of old leather boots, used motor oil, and a scoop of sawdust? Wow! Not that appealing after all, especially for our cats.  So what makes a good quality cat food? Well for starters,  cats (unlike humans and...
  • One of the most common complaints of pet parents is that their dogs are disruptive or destructive when left alone. Their dogs might urinate, defecate, bark, howl, chew, dig or try to escape. Although these problems often indicate that a dog needs to be taught polite house manners, they can also be symptoms of distress. When a dog’s problems are accompanied by other distress...
  • Water is the elixir of life and it is essential to all living things. Our pets need to have access to water at all times and their water bowls should be filled with fresh water every single day. When our pets don’t get enough water dehydration can occur. Sometimes though, our pets drink too much water and although we know that water is good for our pets, too much is too much....
  • Jun 06, 2019

    Homemade Dog Food

    Commercially produced dog foods, especially those that have been certified by national veterinary societies, provide a good, safe and convenient way of feeding your dogs. However, some people find that their dogs are sensitive to some of the preservatives in these foods and want an inexpensive alternative. Other people worry about what they should be feeding their dogs at times...
  • Dog training is an important part of dog ownership and when done properly, it sets the stage for a fabulous relationship between you and your dog. Dogs learn that when they perform certain tasks or AVOID certain behaviors, they get treats. This also teaches them who is the boss or the leader of the pack (and it should always be the owner and his/her family). This needs to be...
  • There’s no question, adopting a puppy is an exciting time. You’ve picked out a name, maybe you’ve visited a shelter once or twice or you’re anxiously waiting to bring home your new family member from a breeder. As exciting as it is, preparation is the key to giving your new bundle of joy a smooth transition into his or her new home. What does my new puppy need?...
  • Spring has sprung across our great land.  Sunny skies, tulips and crocuses…and itchy ears.  Or itchy bellies.  Or itchy paws.  Dogs and cats can develop hay fever or seasonal allergies just like ourselves.  Unlike people, who are prone to runny noses and stuffy sinuses, pets are more likely to show signs associated with skin lesions and ear infections when suffering from...
  • EATING AND NUTRITION - CREATING A HEALTHY EATER:   Wonder what dogs think about? Food! In nature, dogs would need to be hunting or scavenging for a major part of each day. If they were blessed enough to get a full tummy then they could take a break and rest, but as soon as that meal was absorbed they would be right back at it. Eating is a vital part of your dog’s world and...
  • So often people say “My dog is just terrible about …(fill in the blank), but gosh, he must be seven years old already, I am sure its too late to train him now”  We chime right in with “Absolutely NOT!, It is NEVER too late” When is the last time you learned something new: new software on the computer, a new sport, a new card game?  I bet it wasn’t so long ago...
  • Yes, heartworm disease in Canada is real.  Yes, heartworm disease can kill your dog.  Yes, cats can develop heartworm disease too.  No, not all dogs and cats in Canada are at risk.  Let’s talk about heartworm disease and how you and your veterinarian decide if your pet requires regular testing and prevention. The Ontario Veterinary College published a paper in 2010...
  • Nov 02, 2018

    Collar Color Code

    We are so tired of hearing stories about people who randomly approach other people’s dogs and assume they can pet them. The owners even ask them NOT to approach and the stranger does it anyway – often saying “oh, dogs love me, it’s okay”. Why does everyone think they have doggie magic and dogs won’t bite them? I remember being taught from a very young age NOT to...
  • Oct 17, 2018

    Pet Phobias

    Dark skies and rumbling thunder is often a stressful time for many dog owners. In all likelihood, it is even more stressful for the dogs themselves! Fears and phobias in our companion animals are more common than one might imagine, ranging from fear of loud noises and new places to the fear of people and other animals. There are many different components and reasons for a...
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