Spring has arrived, although some days it does not seem like it! As spring arrives it brings with it all the annoying parasites which cause all kinds of problems for people and animals alike. Since pet infestations can be passed on to humans, prevention is important for the whole family.
With the amount of climate change over the last few years, we are experiencing an increase in heartworm positive and Lyme disease in dogs in Ontario. Between 2002 and 2014 there was an 80% increase in reported heartworm positive dogs in this province alone. Heartworm is transmitted through a bite of an infected mosquito. There’s no way to tell if a mosquito is infected, that’s why prevention is so important. Ticks wait for host animals on the tips of grasses and shrubs. When brushed by a moving animal or person, they quickly let go of the vegetation and climb onto the host. Ticks can be active on winter days with temperatures of only 4 degrees Celsius!
We recommend that dogs are tested for heartworm and tick-borne diseases every April and be put on a parasite prevention from June to November. It’s important to note that even indoor cats need parasite prevention since there are many ways parasites can enter your home, such as via insects and other animals.
As our pets are unable to talk like you and I, it’s important to know what’s going on inside before it becomes a serious health concern. Pets age more rapidly than humans, meaning disease can occur rapidly. In fact 10% of pets that appear healthy to owners have been found to have an underlying condition. Since the parasite test requires a blood sample, we can use the same blood sample to test for common conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, and kidney failure. Testing this way is cheaper and less stressful for our pets.
For information on parasites, and discounted wellness blood work, please contact us at Dufferin-Steeles Animal Hospital. 905-532-0043
There is still time if you are thinking about having a dentistry done on your pet. We are extending our 10% discount on dentistry’s until the end of March. You can also schedule a free dental assessment for your pet with our registered technician, where she can answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Spring is almost here, which means parasites are back!! With the changing climate brings ticks and Lyme disease into Canada. Ticks are external parasites that feed on the blood of unlucky host animals such as our canine companions.
Ticks are becoming more prevalent within Ontario and putting animals and humans at risk of contracting Lyme disease. If your dog goes outside, they should be on a preventative. Provide your pet with the longest lasting flea and tick protection available today with Bravecto. With just one chewable tablet, Bravecto kills adult fleas before they can lay eggs, and protectively kills ticks for up to 12 weeks! Bravecto is also offering a $30 rebate when you buy all 4 chews together!
For information on parasites and prevention medication, please contact us at Dufferin-Steeles Animal Hospital. 905-532-0043
February is dental month! Our pet’s dental health is very important for the rest of their overall health. Bacteria in the mouth can spread to other areas of the body, leading to infection in the heart, liver, and kidneys. Can you imagine what our teeth would look like if we didn’t brush them every day? 85% of pets have dental disease by the time they are 3 years old.
During the month of February we will be offering 10% off dentistry’s. From Monday to Friday schedule a complimentary dental assessment for your pet today with our registered veterinary technician! And don’t forget to brush your pet’s teeth!
Here are some other tips to maintain your pet’s dental health
– Feed your pet a veterinarian recommended dental diet designed to reduce tooth decaying plaque on the teeth
– Provide veterinarian recommended dental chew toys or treats that help remove plaque buildup.
– Use a veterinarian recommended oral rinse designed for pets to help reduce the bacterial count in the mouth and improve breath.
– Remember to never use people toothpaste on your pets. Many toothpastes designed for humans contain substances that may be toxic to your pets.
For more information or to book a dental assessment, please contact us at Dufferin-Steeles Animal Hospital. 905-532-0043
Feeling a little full after the holidays? Some of us experience excess weight gain over the holidays as do our pets! If you feel your pet has gained too much weight over the holidays and the winter months, bring them in for a checkup, have them weighed, and put them on a weight loss plan such as extra activities and switching to a prescription weight loss diet so they can stay at a much healthier weight. Obese pets tend to get many diseases and injuries associated with their weight gain such as; diabetes, cruciate injuries, heart concerns, etc. So please have your pet checked out today so we can help prevent any problems in their future!
Here are a few helpful tips on cold weather safety for our four legged family members:
Keep them inside when the weather is really cold. Even with their fur coats they are still susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. You may need to shorten their walks during the colder months. Arthritic and elderly pets may have difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling.
Check your dog’s paws for any injury or damage from cold weather like, cracked paw pads or bleeding. Have your pet use booties to protect their feet. If your dog seems bothered by the cold weather put a sweater or jacket on them.
Clean up any anti-freeze spills quickly before your pet can ingest it. Anti-freeze even in small amounts can be deadly.
Cats like to sleep under the hood of cars because of the warmth. Bang on the hood of your car and honk your horn before turning on your car’s engine as a warning to any kitties that may be sleeping underneath.
Be prepared for any emergency during the winter like a blizzard or power outage. Have an emergency kit for your pet that can include food, water, and any medication they are on.
Hope everyone had an amazing holiday season!
The holiday season is upon us, and many of us plan to include our furry companions in the festivities. As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet's eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, please be sure to steer pets clear of the following unhealthy treats, toxic plants and dangerous decorations.
Christmas tree: Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn't tip and fall, causing possible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset from spilling.
Avoid Mistletoe & Holly: Holly, when ingested, can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.
Tinsel: Kitties love this sparkly, light-catching "toy" that's easy to bat around and carry in their mouths. But a nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible surgery.
Candles: Don't leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out!
Wires: Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your pet's mouth and digestive tract.
Skip the Sweets: By now you know not to feed your pets chocolate and anything sweetened with xylitol, but do you know the lengths to which an enterprising pet will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep your pets away from the table and unattended plates of food, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.
Leave the Leftovers: Fatty, spicy and no-no human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Pets can join the festivities in other fun ways that won't lead to costly medical bills.
Please note that the clinic will be closing at 4:30pm on December 18th for our staff holiday party. We will also be closing at 12pm on December 24th and will be closed December 25th and 26th. We will re-open on December 27th. We will also be closing at 12pm on December 31st and remain closed until January 3rd. In case of an emergency over the holidays, please contact the Vaughan Richmond Hill Emergency Clinic at 905-884-1832, or the Central Toronto Veterinary Referral and Emergency at 416-784-4444.
We wish everyone a Happy Holiday!
Bringing your senior pet in for a wellness check up can reassure you that your dog or cat is healthy. It can also help detect hidden diseases or conditions early. Early detection can improve the prognosis of many diseases, keep medical costs down, and help your pet live longer. Many dogs and cats are good at hiding signs that something is wrong, so subtle changes in their health and behavior might be easy to overlook. Also, depending on the disease, some pets do not show any signs.
Dogs and Cats age quicker than humans, so it is even more crucial for our companion animals to receive regular exams. In addition, the risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, dental disease, kidney and liver disease all increase with age.
Call us today to schedule an exam for your senior pet!
Don't forget to change your clocks back an hour on November 4th :)
October is Farley month! The Farley Foundation is a registered charity that assists people in need by subsidizing the cost of veterinary care for their sick or injured pet. They assist low income seniors , disabled individuals, Ontario Works recipients, women at risk of abuse participating in the OVMA SafePet program, and pets belonging to seniors' care facilities. The foundation relies solely on donations . You can make a donation of any amount but donations over $15 will get a tax receipt. To date, the Farley Foundation has disbursed more than $3.5 million to assist over 8,400 people and pets in need. We have seen first had the relief and happiness the Farley Foundation gives people. You can learn more about the people and pets the Farley Foundation helps every day across Ontario at www.farleyfoundation.org
Here are some tips on traveling with your cat :)
For safety's sake, kittens and cats must ride inside a carrier while in the car. The driver needs to concentrate on the road and traffic, not the baby on your lap or under the pedals. Even well-behaved cats loose in the car could be injured, because an airbag will crush the crate and pet if on the front seat during an accident.
Even though he'll be inside a crate, it's helpful for kitty to experience positive things about the car before you start the engine. Cats are sensitive to environment and territory which is why they prefer staying home in familiar surroundings. So make the car familiar by allowing Kitty to cheek rub and spread his scent to claim the car as purr-sonal territory, and he'll feel more relaxed and happy during travels.
Place the cat's bed, blanket, or a towel you've petted him from inside the car on the back seat. That way, his scent is already inside. Spraying Feliway on the towel or car upholstery also may help the cat feel more relaxed.
Our Feline preventive blood work package is still running! Call us for an appointment so we can make sure your cat is in good health. 905-532-0043
Summer can be a fun time for pet owners and their animals to get outside and play, but the extreme heat can be very hazardous to pets. Every year, companion animals suffer and die when their owners leave them in a parked car while they run errands. Temperatures inside cars can quickly rise 20 to 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature, and animals can die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Here are a few tips to keep pets safe, healthy and happy during the hot summer season.
Hope everyone has a wonderful summer!
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10303 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON, L4C3B9
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