Care

Allergies & Nutrition

It’s finally spring! The flowers are growing, the trees are budding, grass is getting greener ~ and pollen is everywhere! Many people suffer at this time of year from allergies and so can our dogs.......................

A 'Weighty' Issue.....

We humans aren’t the only ones battling weight issues – so are our pets. Just like us, weight issues can be genetic, due to an underlying endocrine condition like hypothyroidism or Cushings disease, and can also be related to medications your pet may be taking, like steroids to help with allergies or seizure medications like phenobarbital. However, weight gain most likely tends to be related to how we feed our pets. I hope these tips will help your pets stay trim and always consult with your veterinarian before starting a diet for your pet.

Intergrated Health Care for Pets

The technological advances in veterinary medicine have brought continuous new drugs, diagnostic, and surgical procedures that have resulted in a significant increase in the average lifespan of our pets. Despite this fact, after 10 years of being a small animal veterinary, I was frustrated with its limitations. Seeing the same animal over and over for the same problem and either prescribing the same medication or running hundreds of dollars in diagnostic tests to not get a solution weren’t the answer. To resolve this dilemma, I turned to the ancient art of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Holiday Hazards

‘Tis the season to be jolly…and for pets to get into things they shouldn’t. With the holidays approaching, pet owners should take precautions so that the holiday festivities are happy and healthy and devoid of visits to the emergency clinic. Holiday foods and gifts can pose deadly hazards for family pets. Some of the most common holiday hazards are:

Ligament Tears and ACL Surgery

Many people don’t realize their dogs can tear their knee ligaments just like people. The most common ligament tears are those that involve the cranial (or anterior) cruciate ligament (CCL or ACL). The sad thing is that many of these dogs were not doing anything athletic when the tear occurred, unlike in people.

Feeding Your Dog

One of the most common questions that I am asked as a veterinarian is, “What should I feed my dog?” There are so many choices – dry vs. canned, raw vs. home-cooked vs. commercial. And the number of pet food companies is positively baffling.

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by spiral shaped bacteria called leptospires. Humans and animals become infected through contact with contaminated urine, water or soil. The bacteria enter the body through skin or mucous membranes, such as the eyes, nose or mouth, especially if the skin is broken from a cut or scratch.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

The incidence of ticks seems to be on the rise in Ontario. This is creating concern among many pet owners, primarily due to the fear of ticks carrying Lyme disease. Although ticks can transmit diseases, they are usually nothing more than a nuisance. The best approach is to prevent them from embedding, and if embedded, to remove them quickly.

Limping

You think your dog is limping but you’re not sure. There’s something off about the gait...something’s different! Lameness is one of the most common reasons people present their dogs to the vet. Sometimes it is so subtle that is difficult to tell which leg is involved.

The Allergic Dog

There are three main types of allergies in dogs – atopy (inhalant allergies), flea allergies, and food allergies. In dogs, just like in humans, the incidence of allergies is increasing.