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A Story about Jacket & Heartworm Disease

Meet Jacket! This little cutie came to Canada from Romania!  This photo of Jacket, and Terri-Lynn, one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians, was taken during one of Jacket’s hospital stays with us.

Before arriving in Canada, Jacket was diagnosed with Heartworm Disease. Shortly after arriving in Canada, Dr. Caudle was able to treat Jacket, even before her new owners noticed any symptoms of the disease.

Heartworms are foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected animals.

Heartworm Disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease that can cause severe damage to the heart, lungs, and other organs of the body. This is a great reminder of how important both early detection testing, and Heartworm prevention medications are!

Jacket’s Heartworms were treated by Dr. Caudle with appropriate medications, both oral and injectable, so we had the pleasure of having Jacket stay with us for a couple of days.

We are happy to report that Jacket is now doing very well and is Heartworm-free!

For more information about Heartworm Disease – visit: https://www.heartwormsociety.org

October is a Great Month for Animals!

It’s National Service Dog Month, National Animal Safety and Protection Month, ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and there’s even a shout-out to cats this month on National Cat Day, October 29.

With all of these warm and fuzzy feelings circulating in the autumn air, it’s a perfect time to take a good, hard look at your pet. How has he/she been acting lately?

Nipping. Scratching. Litter box issues. Leash pulling. Meowing at night. Urinating on the floor. Chewing shoes. Are these behaviors just part of being a “normal” dog or cat, or not?

Some common behaviour issues are due to underlying medical problems. These illnesses are tough to recognize even for the most observant owners. For example, if your dog started nipping at the kids, it may be a sign he’s in pain. Your cat may stop jumping on your lap. Not because she’s being unfriendly, but because she has arthritis and it hurts.

If these behaviours are left unchecked, it’s a triple issue. The behaviour may worsen, the underlying medical condition may progress (which puts your pet’s health at risk), and most importantly, your pet’s quality of life as part of your family is compromised.

Here’s where we can help. We have the expertise when it comes to analyzing, identifying and resolving behaviour issues with your pet. At your pet’s yearly checkup, we can talk about your pet’s behaviour and help give your pet a “new leash” on life! We are committed to your pet’s well-being…all the way! Schedule your pet’s checkup today!