Intestinal foreign body and obstruction

Dogs and cats, especially the young ones are naturally curious and playful hence tend to chew and swallow various objects. The foreign object may lodge in any part of the gastrointestinal system- the esophagus, the stomach or the intestine. Dogs have been known to swallow bones, balls,corncobs, toys, sticks, stones, pins, needles, wood splinters, cloth, rawhide, leather, strings, fruit pits, … Read More

Approach to tumors in pets

Tumors are very common in animals, especially in the senior animal population. According to researches, cancer is the cause of almost 50% of death in pets over 10 years of age. It is important to understand that not every tumor is cancerous. Tumor definition is any abnormal growth of cells. Tumors, or as frequently called by vets- masses, can be … Read More

Feline Leukemia Virus

Cancer has always been one of the most challenging areas in both human and veterinary medicine. One of the most common types of cancers in cats is Feline Leukemia, which is actually a result of a viral infection. Luckily with the right management this cancer may be prevented. Feline Leukemia Virus (AKA FELV) is a virus of the Retro-virus family. … Read More

Obesity in pets

In our modern life style, food is no longer serving as a basic survival need but has actually become a part of life’s pleasures. This fact is also true for pets, many pets owners are using food to spoil their pets,  hence obesity among pets is extremely common. Obesity is the most frequent nutritional problem encountered in veterinary medicine, and … Read More

Spear Grass

Spear grass is a type of a wild grass with barbed seed heads. The spear grass awns carry the seeds, they are very sharp and can bear an hazard to your pet. Spear grass is very common in our area, and can be found everywhere including in your own yard. Spear grass is most harmful for dogs once it has … Read More

Traveling with your pet

Owning should not restrict you from travelling and going on vacations. Nowadays it has become more and more popular to include the pets in the family vacation. Even hotels and airlines are acknowledging this fact and accommodating themselves for having pets on board. Before you travel there are few things you should think about in order to keep the trip safe and pleasurable for both you and your pet. I strongly recommend to all pets owner to put a identification tag on the pet’s collar and to consider injecting an identification microchip. A microchip is permanent and can’t get lost or be removed in case of the pet’s theft. Before traveling anywhere, make sure your pet is vaccinated up to date. If you are planning on crossing an international border, including to the United States, a Rabies vaccine is mandatory. It is recommended to apply deworming, tick and flea control, and heartworm prevention medications to the pet. You should also check if there is a specific prevalence of any infectious agent in your destination area, that might require a specific preventative treatment.

Anal Glands Disease

Lately I’ve encountered many dogs owners that are complaining that their dogs are scooting their rear end across the floor or even more annoyingly- the carpets. Scooting has two main reasons. It can be caused by presence of intestinal worms or more commonly due to anal sacs disease. Dogs and cats have a pair of glands that are called anal glands or sacs. These are scent glands in nature. The glands are located in their anal sphincter muscle, at the 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions. A tiny duct or tube leads under the skin to an opening directly beside the anus. These glands produce and store an oily liquid material that is used to mark territories. When dogs greet each other and sniff each other rear ends, that is what they are smelling. The anal glands content has a very foul smell even when the glands are healthy. The anal glands empty through an opening in each gland with stool passage in the rectum. Spontaneous release of the anal glands content is also associated with fear and in stressful events.

Prepare your dog for the summer

Summer tends to be a very busy time for veterinary practices. Naturally people are more engaged in outdoor activities, which can be very pleasurable for both humans and pets but at times bare risks. In this article I will describe in brief the most common summer related hazards for dogs. The Okanagan valley can get very hot in the summer, … Read More

Fatty Liver in cats

There is nothing cuter then a big chubby cat, and cats in nature are very prone to gain weight, especially the cats that are kept indoors hence tend to be less active. Among other risks of obesity one of the most common and immediate risks for  fat cats is development of a condition called “Fatty liver” or in its medical … Read More

Tick Borne Diseases:

The Okanagan Valley is considered a very warm area in the spring and summer. Ticks are one of the infectious agents that are more active in warm weather and put our pets in risk of contracting different diseases. Ticks attach to warm blooded beings, including humans, and suck their blood for their survival. In the action of penetrating to the … Read More