Kennel Cough

July 27th, 2017 by

Kennel cough is a highly contagious upper respiratory infection that can be caused by a variety of different bacteria and viruses that results in a dry, “goose honking” cough. We tend to see more cases of kennel cough in the summer months (both in vaccinated and non-vaccinated dogs), due to the increased dog-to-dog contact during […]

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Are you prepared financially for that petcare emergency?

June 25th, 2016 by

A healthcare emergency for your pet may not just be a medical emergency – it can also be a financial emergency. With a tight household budget, how can you prepare for the costs of life-saving treatments for your pet? Here are a few options: 1. Preventative healthcare – semi-annual or annual visits to the veterinarian […]

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Is Your Cat a Counter Surfer or a Shelf Jumper?

May 25th, 2016 by

Counters and high shelves beckon with the promise of outlets for exercise, exploration and tasty snacks. If you are a cat owner, then you may have noticed that your curious, agile cat effortlessly leaps and lands on the top of the refrigerator, while deftly missing your glass serving bowl. Your first instinct may be to […]

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Night-time, But Perhaps Not Bedtime For Your Cat

April 25th, 2016 by

Cats are programmed to be active at dawn and dusk, but you can change their behaviour. Ah, sleep. At the end of a long workday, you look forward to uninterrupted slumber, but your cat has other plans. In two hours, he jars you awake by leaping on the bed — knocking the air out of […]

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Smelly Breath – Bad Teeth

February 29th, 2016 by

When you get close to Boot’s or Max’s mouth, does it smell bad? Can you see brown debris (tartar) on your pet’s teeth? Dental disease (tartar, gingivitis and periodontitis) are the most common illness noted in our patients that are over 1-year-old. Why does this happen? Dogs and cats develop gum disease exactly the way […]

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Want to Have More Time with Your Dog?

January 10th, 2016 by

If I told you that I knew a way to give you almost two more years with your beloved dog, would you do it? Day in and day out, I see overweight and obese dogs. Approximately 70% of my patients are overweight (and have dental disease – but that is another article!). This means that […]

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When There’s Hair, Hair Everywhere

December 10th, 2015 by

Shedding is usually seasonal, but factors such as diet, genetics and even temperament can all trigger it If clouds of cat hair don’t complement you, your furniture or your home, you may be among the owners looking for solutions to shedding. There’s a simple two-step prescription to tame it: a brush and a vacuum. Shedding, you see, […]

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The Loss of a Beloved Pet

November 5th, 2015 by

Over the past few months, we have have had to euthanize more pets than usual. Some of our favourite and most senior patients have died, including a fantastic, soon-to-be 21 year-old orange kitty named Timber, and Trixie, a beloved Rottweiler-cross. People often say, “I couldn’t do what you do (euthanasia).” Or, they ask how we […]

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Blue Green Algae – Should I let my dog swim in the lake?

September 21st, 2015 by

There are five lakes in our area with Blue-green algae that are currently listed (August 2015) on the Government of New Brunswick Public Health Advisory list: Washademoak Lake, Grand Lake, Harvey Lake, Chamcook Lake, Lake Utopia and two more that are north of Edmundston. Is Blue-green algae a threat to your pets? Yes. If you […]

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What’s Your Cat’s Age in Human Years?

February 10th, 2015 by

If there were a CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) for pets, your cat would get his membership card when he turns 8½. That’s about 50 years old in human years, according to “Feline Life Stage Guidelines” from the American Association of Feline Practitioners and American Animal Hospital Association. Kittenhood lasts six months, followed by the […]

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