Common questions I hear from clients include "Is he too old for this surgery?" and "Do you think it's worth it to her because of her age?" Invariably, and with a smile, my answer is "Age is not a disease." This answer is more serious than it sounds (My "mature" clients actually love that quote!). Cancer, kidney malfunction, a hormone imbalance -- those are diseases, which can be treated. But age in and of itself is not a disease.
When we celebrate the holidays, we often want to make our dogs a part of the festivities. Halloween is no exception. In fact, for some pet parents, the dog’s Halloween costume is as important as their own. However, for all the fun that may come along with this time of year, it’s not always a positive experience for dogs.
With these reminders, we hope it will be a happy and fun Halloween night for both you and your pooch:
Keep your furry friends healthy and happy this fall!
Ahhh, Fall! This time of year means football, crisp air, colorful foliage and even, depending on where you live, a little bit of snow. It’s a great time to get outside with your pet; for a dog, there’s nothing like a romp in the leaves, while for cats, midday sunbeams have never felt better as the days get shorter and the nights get colder. When it comes to keeping your pet healthy and helping them enjoy fall to the fullest, there are some things to keep in mind. Read on for our top fall pet tips.
The struggle is real—taking your cat to the vet can be a stressful, traumatic event for both you and your pet. If you’ve ever felt more than a little frazzled dragging Fluffy to and from the clinic, you’re not alone. According to Bayer Veterinary Healthcare, 58% of cat parents say their cat hates going to the veterinarian—and some even go so far as avoiding veterinary care altogether because of the stress.
For those of you who need all the help, you can get to fight that carrier barrier, there are strategies you can use to simplify the process.
In honor of Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, we’re sharing some purr-fect tips to help reduce pet—and pet owner—stress before, during and after each visit to your veterinary clinic.
Summer is one of the best times of year for people and dogs, but if you’re not careful, it can also be a dangerous time for your pup. To make sure everyone has a fun and safe summer, we wanted to remind everyone about some of these common summer dangers.
Summer might just be our favorite season and we're probably not alone. It’s the best time of year for us to enjoy all sorts of fun outdoor activities. While cats tend to tolerate the heat a little better than dogs, and even prefer it (we’ve all seen a cat stretched out on a sunny windowsill), that doesn’t mean that you should forget about feline heat risks this summer!
Itchy skin is more correctly referred to as “pruritus,” which is defined as an unpleasant sensation within the skin that provokes the desire to scratch. Itchy skin is the result of inflammation or irritation associated with the release of chemicals from inflammatory cells in the skin. When these cells are stimulated by a chemical trigger, they release a variety of chemicals that initiate the discomfort of itching. That is one reason that the more you scratch, the more you itch. The key is to break the cycle, let these 6 surprising itch facts help you with that.
It’s time for our twice-yearly clock adjustment to save energy and eliminate excuses to wake up earlier. Everyone in Canada, with exceptions within several provinces and the territory of Nunavut, including most of Saskatchewan, which observes Central Standard Time year-round, sets clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of each March. This inevitably causes many Canadians to be sleepy for the next couple of weeks. While we pour an extra cup of coffee to shake off the lost sleep, what effect does daylight savings time have on our dogs?
Growing older isn’t optional for your pet, but a lot of the suffering that goes with it can be, particularly during the colder months. The aches and pains that go hand and hand with getting to the upper reaches of middle age and beyond can be minimized during cold weather in three easy steps, without much effort or expense on your part.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to turn up the heat on the problems of older pets in cold weather.
When temperatures drop and winter weather moves in, it can become challenging to burn off your dog's seemingly endless energy! But we like a good challenge, and that's why we're sharing five creative ways to stave off cabin fever. These popular activities, both indoor and outdoor, can make for great winter exercise, enrichment and entertainment. Just remember to ask your veterinarian before starting any new exercise routine with your dog. Once you get the all-clear, consider these excellent options: