Thursday 31 December 2015



Thursday 24 December 2015





Sunday 29 November 2015

Nearly two-thirds of pet owners do not provide


It’s a fact…

If you’ve never taken a good look inside your
dog’s mouth, you’re not alone!

Studies by the American Animal Hospital
Association (AAHA) reveal that...
Nearly two-thirds of pet owners do not provide
the dental care recommended by veterinarians.

Yet considering over 80 percent of dogs have
significant oral problems by age 3, this is a
serious epidemic for our dogs.

Dental disease doesn’t only affect the mouth...

It can also lead to more serious health
problems such as heart, lung, and kidney disease.

Sadly, good dental hygiene is still one of
the most over looked areas in pet health.

A lack of daily home care is leading to a
rise periodontal disease - an infection of
the tissue surrounding the teeth that takes
hold in progressive stages.

If your dog’s breath stinks, you MUST see
this short presentation: Help my dog now

Dr. Jan Hale, a top holistic vet, neatly
sums up the need for optimum oral health
throughout a dog’s life by saying this:

"When a client asks me how long their puppy
will live, I usually respond 15-17 years if
you brush their teeth daily … 11-13 years if
you don't."

If that doesn't convince you, I don't know what will.

To find out more go here now: Help my dog

Chet Womach

PS. If the plaque and tartar buildups on
your dog’s teeth unchecked, infection can
form around the root of the tooth.

Eventually, tissues surrounding the tooth
are destroyed, the bony socket holding the
tooth in erodes, and the tooth becomes loose.

This is a very painful process for your
four-legged friend, but the good news is
these problems can be averted before they
start with proper dental care.

PPS. To keep your dog healthy and happy, this
is the best thing you can do right now:

Friday 13 November 2015



November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month
November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, a time to educate the world about how wonderful older animals are, and to encourage the adoption of senior pets. Next time you decide to adopt a dog, consider making it a senior. Meanwhile, learn about senior pets' needs and health.
Jenna Stregowski, RVT
Dogs Expert

Wednesday 11 November 2015


Written by: Sarah Sypniewski Edited by: Dr. Debra Primovic - DVM Published: September 23, 2015 Last Modified: September 28, 2015 Share This Article Read more at:

Did you find a loose dog? First of all, thank you for getting involved and probably saving his life.

Secondly, no matter what condition he's in, assume that he's lost, not stray. Many dogs can stay lost on the streets for weeks, months, and even years, so move forward with the assumption that you've found someone's lost dog, and it's your job to reunite them. But how? Well, here's a rundown of what you should do, all based on my real-life case experience and current lost dog recovery standards: 1. Take at least one photo (but more if you can). Get photos of any special markings the dog may have. 2. Secure the dog with a leash or in a crate, or by getting him into a car, garage, or house. A yard will work in a pinch, but a dog in this state is often extremely frightened, and can easily hop a fence or dig under it (even if you think he can't). 3. Call the number on the dog's ID tag. If there is no ID tag, but there is a rabies tag or a city dog license, contact the number on that tag--they should be able to help you find the owner. You may have to do a web search for the agency name if there is no phone number on the tag. 4. If there are no tags of any kind, take the dog to the closest shelter, vet, or groomer, and ask them to do a full body scan with a Universal scanner (there are 3 kinds of chips and corresponding scanners). If a microchip number comes up, the facility will be able to plug it into a database and find out who the dog belongs to. Most facilities will not release the chip number to you, but if they do, you can look it up yourself here and contact the owners. If, after plugging the microchip number into the database, no information is found, it means the owners didn't register it. Important: many owners realize or are told once their dog becomes lost that they need to register information to their microchip. So if at first there is no information attached to the chip, wait a day or two and have the dog rescanned. If still nothing, keep trying every day for as long as you have the dog. The information could suddenly appear! Protect Your Pet Puppies get in to all kinds of things and veterinary bills can be expensive. Protect your puppy with Pet Insurance. Embrace will cover hundreds of dollars in wellness and pay for up to 90% of your vet bill! Take a minute – get your FREE quote today! dataLayer.push({'in-article-ad': 'Puppy'}); var articlead = 'Puppy'; dataLayer.push({'event': 'ArticleQuoterShown'}); Enter your pet's name Zip Code Get Quote 5. If there is no microchip, turn dog into the shelter closest to where you found him (this is actually required by law in most cities) OR take him home with you, secure him, and begin the search for his family. 6. Post flyers and posters in the area in which he was found. Don't be afraid to cover a lot of ground. He could have travelled a long distance. Here are some tips on how to make effective lost/found dog signage. 7. Walk dog around the area in which he was found. You may cross paths with someone who recognizes him (maybe even his owner!) or he might even pull you in the direction of his home. Be sure to knock on doors in the area, and talk to everyone you see. 8. Search Craigslist ads for lost dog ads that might be a match, and then post your own “found dog” ad. Be sure to post in BOTH the lost and found section and the dogs section. When you post an ad, provide some helpful information, but withhold some information as well. It's also often helpful to post a photo. And always require proof of ownership (this could be adoption or vet records, photos, the sharing of special markings you haven't made public, etc). 9. Use social media, email, and any web-based tool you can think of. It's okay to post one photo to help draw attention, and remember to include your personal phone number or email (not just “contact me here on Facebook”). Extra tip: be sure to do a search for and contact any state, city, or neighborhood social media pages, websites, and email lists. There's a growing presence on Facebook of volunteers around the globe who do nothing but network and match lost and found dogs;

Saturday 7 November 2015



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at 6:30 till 9:30
This 9 hour class will teach dog owners to be more proactive with their dogs health care. AR, CPR, and Choking sequences will be taught. General care from the head to the tip of the tail and a lot more.

Please contact Julia Moffat

Thursday 5 November 2015


When a dog wags his tail and barks at the same time which end do you believe?
Remember if the dog wags his tail to the right, they are showing pleasure. If they wag their tail to the left they are displaying feelings of fear or uncertainty.

Friday 30 October 2015

HALLOWEEN keep your dogs safe

Halloween is a fun event for us and our kids but not so much our dogs. So many scary strangers coming to the door yelling things at their owners, what is your dog to think?  It’s best to just keep your dog closed away in another room for the evening. Don’t leave your dog outside too often you hear stories of vicious pranks on people’s pet on Halloween.
Trick-or-treat candies If given the chance, a bowl of candies left at the door the temptation for some dogs will be to great and he will help himself. Many of the cellophane wrappers can be dangerous if swallowed. Chocolate is a huge hazard to our dogs.

There is no set toxic dose when it comes to chocolate. Other factors will also need to be figured in: the size of the dog, the health of the dog and the type of chocolate consumed. Different types of chocolate have different levels of caffeine and Theobromine which increases the heart rate. A toxic dose is about 40mgs.of Theobromine per 1 oz of Milk chocolate. 150 mgs.of Theobromine per 1 oz of Semi sweet chocolate, and 400mgs.of Theobromine per 1 oz of Dark chocolate.

So a toxic dose is 100 mgs. of chocolate per 1 kg or (2.2 lbs) of body weight. Since Baker’s chocolate has the highest level of Theobromine a toxic level would be 2 baker squares for a 10lb (4.53 kg) dog. Contact your Veterinarian induce vomiting if ingested less then 2 hours. Some of the signs of chocolate overdose are hyperactivity, vomiting,

diarrhea, increased drinking and urinating, increased heart rate, seizures and possible death.

Jack-o-lanterns can be a huge fire hazard if knocked over by your dog or tails to close to the pumpkin. Be caution when positioning your pumpkins.

Other stresses are people dressing their dogs for Halloween, as cute as it is some dogs don’t like the restrictive feeling and may freak out. If your dog doesn’t mind being put into costumes make sure these costumes never limit mobility or comprise breathing or the ability to pant. Make sure that the costumes don’t obstructed vision dogs need to see what is going on around them in order to stay safe and calm.



Monday 26 October 2015








Wednesday 14 October 2015

Fletcher WildLife Garden

Fletcher Wildlife Garden is a beautiful peaceful area to walk our dogs and absorb the surrounding

Lately this habitat has also been a growing  haven for Skunks. It has been suggested that pest control
people have been release skunk in this area instead of releasing them in less populated places.

That been said I am only wanted to let dog owner know that you and your dog may encounter a
skunk so take precautions. KEEP YOUR DOGS ON LEASH for better control.


Anyone who has had their dog skunked knows how overpowering this smell is.



Trying to remove the odor from your dog, and all he touches and rubs on, feels overwhelming and futile. Our sense of smell is far less acute then our pet's and this smell is overbearing and unbearable to us. Just think how your dog must feel?


Unfortunately for our pets the most common spot to be sprayed is the face. Flushing your dog’s eye is a start. Often your dog’s eyes will be burning, red and irritated.


Next, prepare yourself for the huge challenge of removing the skunk odor.




Most of us have heard of bathing our dogs in tomato juice, not realizing that the juice needs to dry on the dog to help neutralize the odor. Prepare yourself for a bigger chore than you might have expected - for you will to be bathing your dog two, three or even four times to get results. 


Even then, you still may smell skunk for it may take time to wear off. Some dogs will still smell of skunk weeks after the encounter: especially if they get there coats wet.

Other methods: your veterinarian has products like Skunk off; or, he may be able to give you advice on some home remedies. In my research the following was the most common home remedy mixture:

 (First, always have mineral oil in your first aid kit. A drop of this in your dog’s eyes will protect them from any soap or other products you are using to bath your dog.)


   1. Mix 4 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon  

   of dishwashing detergent.

    2. Put Cotton balls in dog’s ear canals so the mixture doesn’t get in his ears.

    3. Wear rubber gloves.

    4. Apply the solution, starting on your dogs head and work backwards. Do not let the

        solution get into your dog’s eyes.

    5. Rub the solution into its coat.

    6. Rinse well.

    7. Repeat


“Close Encounters of the Wild Kind” by Jeff Grognet DVM, B. Sc (Agr)

 Dogs in Canada , June 2007


Monday 14 September 2015

Natural Probiotics

Natural Probiotics

A lot more pet food manufactures are adding and promoting the use of probiotics in their pets food.

Of course this is a good thing, but are the amounts therapeutic, or do Probiotics survive long enough in a bag of kibble to actually have an effect on your pets digestive system.

We know that the bacteria in probiotics need to be live, so they can reproduce and be able to provide
health benefits. So it seem to make sense if your
pet has diarrhea,  is stressed, or suffering from gastric upset.
Having a supplement or maybe feeding foods that Probiotic are naturally found in would be more effective.

Just a thought!

Saturday 12 September 2015

Tuesday 8 September 2015

Tuesday 28 July 2015


  Interesting article
CANADA needs to step up
Source: Dr. Karen Becker 

Two years ago, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) canine vaccination task force updated their vaccination guidelines. The task force changed the previous annual protocol for core vaccines to an every 3-year protocol, with the exception of 1-year rabies shots. (In many states you can choose either a 1-year or 3-year rabies vaccine for your pet. If you choose a 1-year shot, or if your state doesn't offer a 3-year vaccine, the annual protocol is required by law.)

The task force also acknowledged in the updated guidelines that for non-rabies core vaccines, immunity lasts at least 5 years for distemper and parvovirus, and at least 7 years for adenovirus. This means that even the updated 3-year protocol is overkill.

Veterinarians who are vaccine minimalists, and certainly I am one of them, viewed this protocol change as a small step in the right direction. We feel re-vaccinating pets against diseases they are already immune to poses    significant and unnecessary health risks

Why Are 60 Percent of Vets Still Doing Annual Re-Vaccinations?

Sadly, despite the new guidelines that are now two years old, members of the traditional veterinary community have been slow to adopt the new recommended protocol.

According to Mark Kimsey, a DVM who works for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc., a veterinary pharmaceutical company, "Basically, what we're seeing is there's a gradual trend toward three-year protocols."

Dr. Richard Ford, a DVM who is on both the AAHA canine vaccination task force and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) feline vaccination advisory panel, agrees with Kimsey. "It's a slow change," says Ford. "Most practices still recommend annual vaccinations. All the vet schools are teaching triennial vaccinations."

Ford believes, based on feedback from vaccine manufacturer sales reps, that 60 percent of veterinary practices are still re-vaccinating on an annual rather than every 3-year basis. "Some acknowledged the reality and changed their protocols, while others, fearing loss of a major source of revenue, argued against anything other than the time-honored paradigm: annual boosters," said Ford.

It appears there's no shortage of vets out there willing to openly admit they don't want to lose the income from unnecessary vaccinations and new, safer protocols be damned.

Hopefully you're not taking your own pet to a veterinarian with a similarly misguided, dangerous practice philosophy.

 Unwilling to Change? Addicted to Easy Money? Or a Bit of Both?

According to Veterinary Practice News, Dr. Gary D. Norsworthy, owner of Alamo Feline Health Center in San Antonio and a practicing vet for 40 years, is among the 60 percent who aren't budging from an annual vaccination schedule for their patients.

His rationale is that he has a number of clients who will only bring their cats in for wellness exams if they believe vaccines are needed. Norsworthy says he's determined not to lose the opportunity to do annual checkups on cats in his practice. So he uses only the 1-year rabies vaccine, and tells his clients he must see their cats yearly.

Norsworthy believes "Internet chatter" scares cat owners into believing vaccines are dangerous. He notes that his practice vaccinated 25 percent fewer cats in 2012 compared to 2007. He says he sees only one case of feline vaccine-associated sarcoma for every 65,000 vaccines he injects.

Clearly, Dr. Norsworthy, like many conventional vets, makes no connection between other feline health problems and repeated unnecessary annual vaccinations. Like Norsworthy, many DVMs don't know or don't choose to know about the dozens of other health crises that can arise as the result of vaccines, and especially as the result of repeated re-vaccinations.

Rather than figure out how to give clients logical, legitimate reasons to bring their pets in for regular wellness exams, the majority of vets apparently prefer to continue the risky business of re-vaccinating their patients year in and year out.

Could it be this approach to pet care is why veterinary visits have steadily declined in recent years?

Is it really so difficult to explain to pet owners the benefits of bringing their dog or cat in for at least one wellness visit a year?

From my experience, it's not difficult at all. I see the majority of the patients in my practice for wellness visits twice a year, and it is extremely rare that I administer any vaccine to an adult animal, excluding the mandatory 3-year rabies.

Also according to Dr. Ford, there are some DVMs who would like to follow the new guidelines, but are concerned that vaccine product labels include text that reads "annual booster recommended."

This seems a very strange argument in favor of continuing annual vaccinations, doesn't it?

If canine and feline vaccination advisory panels have established new recommended guidelines, why would a vet choose instead to take the advice of the vaccine manufacturer's product label?

Thursday 23 July 2015


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