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  • Dogs Who Guard Valued Objects

      Some dogs can be very possessive about certain items such as their favorite toy or bone.  They may also guard objects which appear to have no value to you (such as common household objects, trash, etc).  These dogs will normally carry these items to a secure area.  Any attempt to remove the item from the dog may be met with aggression.  Please do not ignore this warning as the dog may even try to … Read More »

  • Tips for Training Your Pet

      Learning should be a fun experience for both you and your pet.  Spend 10 minutes 2 or 3 times daily for training. Try to separate the training sessions by 4 hours for maximum effectiveness.  Dogs of any age clean learn new tricks in the proper environment!                                                                                                                                                             Teach your dog in the following order: Start with teaching your dog to sit    Then stay Then down and down-stay Lastly, heel on the leash If your … Read More »

  • Why Dogs and Cats Dig

      Our canine and feline friends may have the urge to dig.  Sometimes they dig in approved areas however, often times they don’t.  Digging can become a destructive habit to our household as well as or gardens.  Even though it is a natural instinct for our pets to dig, we need to determine the reasons why our furry friends do this.  Why Animals Dig: Kittens and puppies may dig as a form of play.  They’re … Read More »

  • Keeping Your Pets Safe In The Car

    Even though dogs love the wind blowing in their face while your driving down the road, the risk or danger involved simply is NOT worth it!  Dust, debris and even foreign objects are known to enter into your pets eyes causing damage, infection (such as conjunctivitis) or even ulcers.  Dog goggles are a good protection method for eyes although they do NOT protect their ears! When your dogs head is hanging out a vehicle window, … Read More »

  • The Best Way To Feed Your Pet

    There are different options of how to feed your dog and cat in order to properly monitor their eating habits.  This allows you (the owner) to identify if your pet has stopped eating and when that has occurred.  It also allows you to ensure how much food your pet is consuming.  No matter which method you choose to feed your furry friend we always recommend they have access to fresh water and we recommend that … Read More »

  • Canned Food Vs. Dry Food

    There are pros and cons to feeding your pet canned or dry diet.  In order to determine which is best for your pet and your household we must look at the different qualities of each.   Here is a chart to help categorize the benefits and drawbacks to canned and dry diets. Comparison Canned Dry Moisture content 70-80 % 10-15% Amount of water pet must drink Less More Cost Higher Lower Shelf life when not opened … Read More »

  • How To Read A Pet Food Label – Part 2 The Back Of The Bag

    What to look for on the back of the bag: Ingredients: All ingredients are required to be listed in order of predominance by weight.  The weights of ingredients are determined as they are added in the formulation, including their inherent water content.  The nutritive value of the ingredients cannot be identified in the ingredient statement. Dry Matter Analysis: In order to accurately account for how much an ingredient is found in your pet’s food we … Read More »

  • How to Read A Pet food Label (Part I – Front Of The Bag)

    Although there are no organizations in Canada to regulate pet food labeling in Canada, there are two organizations in the United States that regulate pet food labels.  The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) control how companies in the U.S. can label the bags of pet foods so we will explain their regulations and guidelines. What to watch for on the front of the bag: Quality is … Read More »

  • Easter Lilies And How They Affect Cats

    Easter is just around the corner, and some of our favorite decorations include Easter lilies which are toxic to cats.  The entire plant is toxic to cats, the leaves, petal, stem or simple the pollen.  Just one bite can cause quite a digestive upset for your cat and prolonged exposure can lead to kidney failure (which can be fatal).  Easter lilies are not that only lily that is toxic to our feline friends but also … Read More »

  • Feline Odontoclastic Resorption Lesions

    Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions (FORL’s) are lesions that occur as a loss of the tooth’s structure, starting with the enamel and may eventually affect the dentin and the pulp.  FORL’s normally affect the crown of the tooth and are generally found along the gum line.  They usually affect the large rooted teeth, such as molars and premolars, but can affect any tooth.  Unfortunately, FORL’s may be difficult to diagnose in the early stages as some … Read More »