Allergic reaction to insects

Pet Allergies

Camping season is in its prime. I am always fascinated how the nature of many of the cases I treat in my clinic is directly related to the season. With our patients running around in nature, naked, and fascinated by all things moving, insect bite allergic reactions are a familiar presentation for vets. Many of these unfortunate encounters between the … Read More

Heartworm prevention

The good news are that the winter is over. The bad news are that we are not the only creatures that are going to enjoy the upcoming spring, mosquitoes are also thriving in warm weather. Beside being a nuisance to people, mosquitoes have the capability of transmitting a dangerous disease to our pets known as Heart worm. Heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) … Read More

Chocolate toxicity

The Christmas holiday season is upon us. In the season of giving, chocolate is a very popular gift people like to exchange. As a chocolate lover my self, I know how a chocolate indulgemet can raise your spirit. As well as most people, dogs tend to have a “sweet tooth” too, but for dogs chocolate in large amount is harmful … Read More

Winterize your pet

Just as your car may need a little special attention as cold weather approaches, so does your pet.  Here are some tips on how to keep your pet safe and healthy during the cold season. One of the most common reasons for rushing into vets offices in the winter time is antifreeze poisoning. The antifreeze we use in our vehicles … 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

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

Antifreeze poisoning

The winter is coming and many people are getting ready for it, including by winterizing their car with an Antifreeze solution. This week I would like to speak about Antifreeze and it’s potential hazards to our pets. Antifreeze is also known as Ethylene Glycol. It is a syrupy liquid that is usually brightly colored, neon green or pink. Antifreeze is … Read More