Health

Matters of the Heart: Hypertension

One out of every three adults has high blood pressure or hypertension. As with humans, this health problem is seen in cats and dogs.Primary hypertension occurs...more
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Which Holiday Plants are Toxic to Dogs?

Know which blooms and buds to keep from fido more

Spice Up Your Dog's Life

A recent conversation after training class prompted a lively discussion from my classmates on adding supplements to dogs’ food to help boost their nutrient...more
Secrets to Good Canine Health

Secrets to Good Canine Health

What to include and what to avoid more
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Gassy Lassie

Dog farts. For some, they’re no joke, but like a bad comedian they can clear a room. A common problem for breeds such as Boxers and French Bulldogs,...more
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The Doctor's In - That “Guilty Look”

Two of the most common negative assumptions people make about dog behaviour are that (1) dogs know when they’ve done something wrong, and (2) dogs sometimes do bad things on purpose to get back at their owner. In fact, the human emotions guilt and spite are not part of the canine repertoire. Understanding what your dog is really telling you with that “guilty look” or misbehaviour will defuse your anger and help you deal with the situation more appropriately. more
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Canine Cancer Detectives

When Steve Werner began to experience a ringing in his ears and general malaise, he attributed it
to nothing more than grief. Camden, one of his two beloved dogs, had just passed away and he
believed that his condition was simply a side effect of the anguish he and his surviving Golden
Retriever, Wrigley, shared. For weeks, Werner and Wrigley spent most of their days curled up
together, bonded in their sadness and heartache at the loss of a friend. more
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Sad Statistic: Canadians spend more time surfing the web than playing with their pets

A new research study conducted by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association in partnership with Hill’s Pet Nutrition offers a troubling snapshot of the...more
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The Doctor’s In - Spinal Disk Disease

Q: “I have a somewhat arthritic 12-year-old Beagle, and when he started dragging a hind leg, I didn’t think too much of it. But the vet was very concerned about a spinal disk problem, and wanted him to have a myelogram right away. Are disk problems common in dogs? How serious are they?” more

Pregnancy, Babies, and the Family Dog

“So what are your plans for re-homing Charlotte before Jake is born? Just wondering. Love Mom.” Charlotte is my 11-year-old Pit Bull, whom I adopted as a young pup. She’s a delightful dog provided you are not of the canine species, and has been a wonderful companion. But in the presence of any unknown dog she is true to her breed: a major hassle for even the skilled handler and a frightening canine psychopath to the lay observer. more

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