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Your Veterinary Technician: Laboratory Diagnostics

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. One aspect of our training is laboratory diagnostics, this includes a wide variety of in-clinic laboratory work and sample preparation for tests performed at outside laboratories.

When your pet comes in for an appointment, a lot of the time additional testing recommended. Whether this be blood work, ear swabs, fecal or urine testing, your veterinary technician plays an important part in the sample collection, preparation and running the majority of the tests for the veterinarian.

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Canine Breed Spotlight: American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier!

Dog breed group: Terrier dogs, Working dogs

Average life span: 8-15 years

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History

In early 19th century England, the Pit Bull Terrier breeds were developed for bull and bear baiting, however these sports became illegal in 1835, and unfortunately, dog fighting took its place. This led to the dog aggression trait to be bred into this genetic line. However, alongside the aggression, this dog was also bred for an unwillingness to bite humans so their handlers in the fighting ring could pull them apart. This unwillingness to bite humans became the preferred trait for breeding a family friendly dog. Proper present day breeding of the American Pit Bull Terrier will breed for the strong, protective traits,  but also for the gentle and family-friendly personality.

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Preventing your pet from licking or scratching

After your pet has had surgery or if they are suffering from a rash or hot spot you will need to make sure that you do not let your pet lick at their incision site or affected skin. If your pet is suffering from a severe ear infection or eye issue you will also need to stop them from scratching at their ears and face. Here’s a quick look at a few options for accomplishing that.

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Rabies Awareness

What is Rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease of mammals (including humans) that is most commonly transmitted though the bite of a rabid animal. In Canada the majority of the rabies cases reported are from foxes, bats and skunks.

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Your Rabbit’s Teeth

Dental problems can lead to serious medical conditions in rabbits. Rabbits are herbivores, and are designed to eat a diet comprised of fibrous plant material. A rabbit’s teeth grow continuously throughout their life and the teeth need to be worn down continually by chewing these types of food. If your rabbit has dental problems, it can lead to them not eating, which could then progress to more serious medical issues.

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Head Tilt and your Rabbit

Rabbits can suffer from a condition known as a head tilt. This condition is also called wry neck or torticollis. This condition looks just as it sounds. Your rabbit either gradually or suddenly has developed a head tilt to one side. Depending on the severity of the tilt, your rabbit may also roll, move in circles or be unable to stand.

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Deafness and your Dog

There are two types of deafness, congenital or deafness brought on by other causes. Congenital deafness is when a puppy is born deaf. Dogs can also go deaf from other causes, the most common being chronic ear infections or injury and old age.

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