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.

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

Deworming pets

Spring has sprung and the heartworm season is soon upon us. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of routine deworming of our pets, including prevention of heartworm. Gastrointestinal parasites are very common in both dogs and cats. in general there are few different types of parasites: -Protozoa -which are single cell parasites, the most common … Read More

Stomach Bloat

Spring is soon upon us, many people will enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with their canine friends. Physical activity is usually very healthy for dogs. In this article I will discuss in brief a condition called “Stomach Bloat”. The cause of this condition is not known but it has been suggested that exercising after eating is a significant contributing … Read More

ACL- Anterior Cranial Cruciate ligament rapture in dogs

This article is dedicated to sports injuries in dogs. The most common traumatic injury in dogs involves the Knee, and that is a rapture of the Anterior Cranial Cruciate ligament (ACL). The knee joint is composed of three bones- the Femur (the long bone extending down from the hip), the Tibia (the bone between the knee and ankle), and the … Read More

Cats urination outside of the litter box.

This week I am dedicating the column to the miserable cat owners that are suffering from their cat’s urination outside of the litter box (usually on your favourite couch or in your bed….). As an owner of a cat that has this horrible habit I know how frustrating and annoying this phenomenon can be. There are different types of cats … Read More