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Feline Breed Spotlight: Scottish Fold

The Scottish Fold!

History

In 1961 at a farm in Scotland, a barn cat with uniquely folded ears was found. She was the first recognized Scottish Fold cat. When this cat had kittens, half had folded ears, and the other half of the litter had upright ears. A cat fancier took one of the folded ear kittens and with the help of a geneticist, they began to breed Scottish Fold kittens. These cats we originally called “lop-eared cats”, before acquiring the name Scottish Fold.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Devon Rex

Let’s look at the Devon Rex!

History

As far as cat breeds are concerned, the Devon Rex is a relatively new breed of cat, originating around the 1960s. The Devon Rex’s curly coat is is caused by a recessive gene called the Devon Gene 2. This gene is different from the gene present in the Cornish Rex cat. A kitten was discovered in Buckfastleigh, Devon, UK with a curly coat, this owner thought that this kitten was a Cornish Rex and to help build the breed, she sold the kitten to a Cornish Rex breeder. It was through this breeding program that the Devon Gene 2 was discovered and the Devon Rex was considered a breed separate from the Cornish Rex. The current gene pool for the Devon Rex is quite small and all the Devon Rex’s trace back to this first kitten.

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Cancer diagnosis and your pet

What is cancer

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Cancer is also known as neoplasia. Neoplasia means abnormal/uncontrolled growth of cells or tissues in the body. The growth itself is called a neoplasm, mass or tumor. This mass can either be benign or malignant. Benign cancers do not grow quickly and do not spread throughout the body. Malignant cancers tend to grow very fast, invade the tissues around them and can spread other parts of the body.

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Canine Breed Spotlight: Beagle

Let’s look at the Beagle!

Dog breed group: Hound Dog

Average life span: 12-16 years

History

Dogs that are similar in size and purpose to the modern day Beagle can be traced back to Ancient Greece. The development of the modern breed began in the 19th century in England. There were two lines of Beagles being bred, eventually being absorbed into one bloodline. The name Beagle has an uncertain origin. There are may theories of where the name may have came from. The French words begueule (meaning open throat) or beugler (meaning to bellow), the Old English word beag (meaning small) and the German word begele (meaning to scold) could all be origins of this breed name.

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Temperament

Beagles are happy, gentle and friendly. They don’t tend to be either aggressive or timid, but somewhere in the middle. They are an intelligent breed, but because they were bred to hunt they can be easily distracted by the smells. Early socialization and obedience training (with food rewards!) are the best ways to train your beagle to be well rounded and get them used to many different types of situations.

Is this breed right for you?

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  • They require a lot of exercise, a walk around the block won’t be enough. For this reason they do not do well in apartments, condos or other small living areas.
  • Their coat is easy to care for, however they do shed a lot.
  • They don’t do well left alone for long periods of time. Crate training is important or else they may become destructive when left alone.
  • They can be loud. They will howl and bay when faced with something unfamiliar or upsetting to them.

Health concerns

Both pure-bred and mixed-breed dogs have varying incidences of health problems that may be either influenced by genetics or environmental factors. Here are some health concerns that are more commonly seen in the Beagle.

Epilepsy is common in Beagles, but it is not a health concern specific to the breed. Epilepsy is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain causing seizures. This health issue can be controlled with medication and veterinary monitoring.

Cherry Eye can be common in Beagles. This is when the gland in the third eyelid (located in the inside corner of the dog’s eye) comes out of place and bulges. Cherry eye is corrected by a surgery under general anesthetic.

Intervertebral Disc Disease is also common in Beagles. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They might have difficulty walking or appear in pain, or in severe cases they can become be completely paralyzed. The best way to prevent this is to keep your Beagle lean. They are “chow hounds” and love to eat. Over feeding can cause them to become overweight, which can increase their risk of rupturing a disc.

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Your Veterinary Technician: Anesthesia and Surgery

All the registered veterinary technicians working at Town Centre have received their diploma from an accredited Animal Health Technology program. We have been trained to provide hands-on care to a variety of animals and their owners. One aspect of our training is preparing your pet for surgery, monitoring the anesthesia and assisting with surgery if necessary.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Turkish Angora

Let’s look at the Turkish Angora!

History

This breed of cat originated in the mountainous regions of Turkey from an area called Ankara (which was formerly known as Angora). Their fur kept them quite warm in the chilly climate. They were imported into Europe and were used in breeding programs with persian cats almost to the point of extinction. Luckily the Anakra Zoo began a breeding program to preserve the white Angora cats, especially the odd-eyed ones.

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Your Veterinary Technician: Client Counselling


All the registered veterinary technicians working at Town Centre have received their diploma from an accredited Animal Health Technology program. We have been trained to provide hands-on care to a variety of animals and their owners. One aspect of our training is client counselling.

Your veterinary technician’s knowledge spans  far past just the medical side of caring for your pet. Your veterinary technician is also the one who will discuss care outside the clinic with you. Discussions such as medication dispensing, diabetic counselling, diet changes and nutritional counselling, post surgical instructions, puppy and kitten care and home dental care are usually be between you and a veterinarian technician.

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Douxo Care Product Line

Douxo is a range of dermatology products designed for dogs and cats to help with all types of skin problems. They come in four different product ranges: sensitive, antiseptic, dry/oily and maintenance care.

Here is a look at the maintenance care line of products.

The maintenance care line has a shampoo, mousse, ear cleaner and cleansing pads. All these products are to be used for routine grooming and ear cleaning. All the Douxo products contain the patented molecule phytosphingosine (a pro-ceramide) which cleans and conditions the skin without stripping the lipidic film. It helps film soothe irritated skin and helps maintain the skin barrier with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

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