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Hyperthyroidism in Cats

By hashadmin / January 12, 2021 / 0 Comments

Cats have two thyroid glands located in their neck; their purpose is to aid in the regulation of the bodies metabolic rate. Hyperthyroidism is characterized by the overproduction of thyroid hormone, resulting in a subsequent increase in the bodies metabolic rate. Hyperthyroidism common in older cats and is rare in dogs; however, hypothyroidism is commonly seen…

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Food Elimination Trials: Identifying Allergies in Your Pets

By hashadmin / December 10, 2020 / 0 Comments

Itching in small animals is an all too common problem seen in veterinary clinics. Red, inflamed, oozing lesions and rashes with bald spots appearing are hallmark signs of an allergic reaction occurring in your pet. Most often, these symptoms are caused by a cutaneous adverse food reaction, also known as a food allergy. Food allergies…

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Fleas and Your Pet

By hashadmin / November 17, 2020 / 0 Comments

Fleas are endemic to most of the places throughout the world, including here in Ontario. While thankfully fleas are not active in the outdoor environment during the winter months, your pet can easily become infested with fleas if they frequent the outdoors in spring, summer, and fall without and preventative medication protecting them. If you…

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What Is Feline Leukemia Virus?

By hashadmin / October 21, 2020 / 0 Comments

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is the second leading cause of death in cats, the viral disease unfortunately kills 85% of persistently infected felines within three years of diagnosis. The virus often causes anemia and lymphoma and since the disease suppresses the immune system, it also predisposes cats to deadly infections. There is some good news…

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Common Houseplants That Are Toxic to Your Pets

By hashadmin / September 30, 2020 / 0 Comments

A cozy home full of beautiful blooming plants is wonderful sight to many of us, but to our younger furry companions such a luscious indoor garden could be a risky scene. Don’t worry, this article won’t make you chose between your four legged or four leaved friends as generally, mature cats and dogs will not…

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Common Household Pet Hazards

By hashadmin / September 22, 2020 / 0 Comments

There are many common household items that can harm or even kill your pets. It is important to be aware of these household toxins and take the necessary precautions, especially if you are considering bringing a new puppy or kitten into your home. It is important to understand that even though your pets are members…

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Dental Home Care for Dogs

By hashadmin / September 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

85% of pets have periodontal disease by 3 years of age.  85% is a stark percentage considering how severe periodontal disease is and how easy it is to prevent. Periodontal disease is a condition characterized by attachment loss of the tooth, this means that the oral cavity has become so diseased and overpopulated by bacteria…

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Leptospirosis in Dogs

By hashadmin / July 9, 2020 / 0 Comments

Your dog may love swimming in lakes and romping in the woods, but a dangerous disease lurks in these areas – one that can sicken you as well as your dog. Leptospirosis is caused by a bacteria spread through soil, water, and the urine of infected animals. If not caught and treated early it can…

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Urinary Blockage in Cats: A Real Emergency

By hashadmin / June 25, 2020 / 0 Comments

A urinary blockage occurs when there is an obstruction in the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. When this happens it is difficult or impossible for a cat to empty the bladder, making it a life-threatening emergency. If your cat is having trouble urinating (see list…

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Heartworm and Prevention

By hashadmin / May 7, 2020 / 0 Comments

Heartworm disease is a serious disease that results in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets mainly dogs and cats. It is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis. The worms are spread through the bite of a mosquito.  The dog is the definitive host, meaning that the worms mature…

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