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Importance of spaying your pet

Spaying your pet

cat-19106_960_720Spaying removes the ovaries and uterus from your female animal, preventing them from coming into heat, convincing, carrying a  pregnancy and giving birth. This is a surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia by a veterinarian. The recovery time for you pet is about 24-72 hours until they are feeling back to normal, however recovery time for your pet’s body to heal is about 10-14 days. It is during this 2 week recovery period your pet will need to wear an e-collar so not to disturb the surgery site and will need to stay rested and not engage in any activity.

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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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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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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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Basic Care: Brushing your pet’s teeth

The best dental care you can give to your pet is daily brushing. By the age of 3 most pets are showing signs of dental disease. When plaque and tartar build up and spread under the gum line, oral and systemic infection can occur. By brushing daily, you can limit the progression of dental disease and may even avoid the need for a dental cleaning under anesthetic (or at least prolong the frequency between dental cleanings).

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Household Substances Toxic to your Pet

There are may substances around your house that may be toxic to your pet. These include over the counter (OTC) medications as well as “garage items” such as antifreeze and mouse poison. Here is a quick look at a few common household items that are toxic to your pet.

For a more complete and thorough list of toxic substances, please visit the ASPCA website or the Pet Poison Helpline website.skull-1426813_960_720

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Common Foods that are Toxic to your Pet

There are foods that are toxic to your pets, and many foods that are not (and some make for a special treat when fed in moderation!). Here is a look at some common toxic foods that could lead to a toxicity in your pet if they should ingest them.

For a more complete and thorough list of toxic and non toxic foods, please visit the ASPCA website or the Pet Poison Helpline website.food-1475637_960_720

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