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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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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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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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Snuffles in Rabbits (Pasteurellosis)

Pasteurella multocida is a bacteria that causes Pasteurellosis, commonly known as “snuffles”. This is a severe respiratory disease that affects domestic rabbits. This bacteria can also be found in small amounts the nasal cavity in healthy rabbits and not cause disease unless they become stressed or their immune system becomes challenged (these are called carrier rabbits). Carrier rabbits can also spread the disease to other rabbits with suppressed immune systems and cause them to get sick, as this disease is very contagious.

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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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Common Toxic Plants

There are many plants that are toxic to your pets, and many plants that are not. Here is a look at 5 common toxic household plants 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 plants, please visit the ASPCA website or the Pet Poison Helpline website.cat-201855_960_720

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Poisoning and Toxicities

Poisoning and toxicities can happen at any time. Usually the cause of the poisoning is due to a combination of human error and mischievous pets. Toxic substances left unattended may be accidentally ingested by pets. Toxic foods left out on the counter or table will be no match to a determined pet. Plant toxicities may occur if you were unaware the plant was actually toxic, or if they are in areas of your house where they are in reach of your pet.

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Feline Asthma

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a recurring respiratory issue caused by the constriction of the lung’s airways. An asthma attack is caused by a series of events.

  1. Excess mucus forms in the lungs.
  2. This mucus causes the airway walls to swell with inflammation.
  3. Then the muscles in the airways go into spasm, which leads to constriction.

Constriction of the airway leads to inability to draw a deep breath, exercise intolerance, coughing and wheezing, however all these symptoms may not be apparent at the same time.

A severe asthma in a cat can be life threatening if not treated properly or promptly. Seek emergency care right away if you think you cat is having an asthma attack. 

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