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Heart Disease

Heart Disease

How does the heart work? The heart has four chambers. Two upper chambers (Left & Right Atrium) and two lower chambers (Left & Right Ventricle). Blood flows FROM the body into the right atrium, then pumped into the right ventricle. The right ventricle pumps the...

Fears, Phobias and Anxieties

Fears, Phobias and Anxieties Fear is a physiologic, behavioral and emotional reaction to stimuli that an animal encounters. Physiological reactions include increased heart rate, increased respiratory rate, sweating, trembling, pacing and possibly urination and...

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – FIV

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus – FIV

Is your cat an outdoor cat? Do they tend to get into fights with other cats? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, they are at risk of contracting FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). FIV is spread through saliva, by bite wounds from one cat to the other....

Otitis Externa – the common ear infection

Otitis Externa – the common ear infection

As summer comes closer, it means trips to the beach, the lake or river. For our furry canine friends, this means endless hours of fun and swimming. With Blackburn Lake not too far from our clinic, we tend to see many ear infections caused by a harmless drip in the...

Allergic Skin Disease

Allergic Skin Disease

What is “Allergic Skin Disease”? Allergic skin disease involves an allergic reaction in the skin that causes intense itchiness & resultant self-trauma.  The pet will scratch, bite, lick, chew or rub at the affected area causing hair loss & skin damage. The...

Beware of Snakes

Beware of Snakes

There are already plenty of snakes about so we are asking our clients to be extra vigilant. Different species of snakes possess different types of venom and these can cause varying symptoms that appear anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours after a bite. Early signs...

HOT SPOTS (Acute Moist Dermatitis)

HOT SPOTS (Acute Moist Dermatitis)

A Hot Spot is the common term for an area of skin that suddenly becomes a “hot” area of intense licking or scratching.  It is produced by self-induced trauma as the dog bites, rubs, or scratches at a part of its body in an attempt to alleviate some pain or itch. What...

Why does my dog seem to constantly have Ear & Skin issues?

Why does my dog seem to constantly have Ear & Skin issues?

Treating ongoing skin and ear conditions in pets can absolutely be very frustrating for owners at times. It is one of the biggest frustrations that we hear about from owners as Veterinarians and Veterinary Nurses. Getting on top of a Skin or Ear infection (or another...

Arthritis

Arthritis

What is Arthritis? Arthritis is a progressive deterioration of joint cartilage. Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) is a more appropriate term used to describe this condition in veterinary medicine. What causes Arthritis (DJD)? DJD usually results from wear and tear on...

Obesity

Obesity

Statistics show that obesity affects 25 to 44% of dogs, and  6 to 12 % of cats. What causes obesity? There are some medical conditions that can cause obesity, however these are uncommon (Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease, any cause of abdominal distension)....