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Canine Separation Anxiety: Behaviour Training

One of the most common phrases used by owners to describe a dog that appears stressed when the owner leaves is separation anxiety. We can define canine separation anxiety as a behaviour problem in dogs that shows itself through symptoms like excessive salivation, barking, whining, destroying items in the home, scratching at walls, doors and floors, and attempting to escape from the crate or room when left alone.

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Lily and Chocolate Toxicity

With Easter around the corner please keep in mind two potential toxins that can harm you cat or dog. Most lilies are extremely toxic to cats and ingesting a small amount can cause kidney failure. Chocolate is another hazard that usually is more of a concern for dogs as they tend to get into treats that are left unattended, however cats may also suffer from chocolate toxicity if they ingest chocolate.  easter dog

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Understanding and Managing the Cost of Veterinary Fees

This information has been modified from the ABVMA.

Like most other professional offices you visit (your dentist, chiropractor, lawyer, etc.) fees are payable at the time service is rendered. This is also the case for veterinary offices. Over the last 20 to 30 years, there has been a relativity small increase in the cost of veterinary care, especially when compared to the cost of human health care or almost any other services. Veterinary fees are a reflection of the costs of maintaining the veterinary clinic and equipment and also employing personnel to provide the level of care that is expected in animal medicine today.

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Spring is around the corner, and so is parvovirus!

imgresThe spring and summer months are high risk seasons for parvovirus infection, making all dog friendly outdoor areas risky for un-vaccinated puppies. Freezing is completely protective to parvovirus, so it does not get wiped out over the winter. It actually remains dormant  all winter, waiting for the spring thaw to become active again.  After outdoor areas have completely thawed, shaded areas should be considered contaminated for 7 months. Areas with good sunlight exposure should be considered contaminated for 5 months.

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Pet Dental Month: What Happens During a COHAT?

COHAT stands for Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment.

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The COHAT is much more than just a dental cleaning. It includes an examination of your pets’ oral cavity, dental charting, dental x-rays, cleaning and polishing of the teeth. After reviewing the dental x-rays, more work may need to be performed, such as extractions or tooth amputations. To accomplish all of this properly and thoroughly you pet must be put under general anesthesia.

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