Pancreatitis in Dogs

The pancreas is a small organ that lies close to the gastrointestinal tract, the liver and the kidneys. Its produces digestive enzymes and is very important in the regulation of glucose in the body, as it produces insulin.   Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the...

Ear Infections in Dogs

Why do some dogs get ear infections and some don’t? Why are some dogs prone to recurrent infections and other dogs never seem to get an infection at all? In private practice we see infections of the ear canal on a daily basis. As many as 1 in 5 dogs presented at...

Kidney Failure in Cats

The kidneys perform many important functions in your cat’s body. They are responsible for the filtering of blood to remove body waste products from the blood-stream and excreting them in the urine. They are also responsible for regulating blood pressure and for...

What should our Cats be eating?

As cat owners, we all want to give our feline friends the best possible diet for health and longevity. With so many products on the market and so much conflicting information out there, it seems overwhelming to make the right choice. First, I always think it’s a good...

Let’s talk Canine Teeth

In private practice, people often ask me why so much focus is now put onto dental care and hygiene for dogs. “Our parents didn’t brush our dog’s teeth, so why should we?” Dogs simply live so much longer now than before and their needs have changed. Through improved...

Fleas: We love to hate them!

We spend remarkable amount of time, energy and money controlling these tiny, yet supremely irritating parasites. Almost of all of us have had pets driven crazy by the persistent itch caused by these little pests running about on them and feeding on them. We ourselves,...

Facts vs Fiction Part 2

Facts vs Fiction is back with Part 2. We want to help either debunk or uphold some of the popular pet related ideas out there.      1. A Dog can only get Biliary (Tick Bite Fever) once and is then immune. This is pure Fiction. Unfortunately, the immune...

Coconut Oil for Dogs – Fad or Super food

Coconut oil has recently been heralded, both in human and veterinary circles, as a new “super food” and attributed with various curative and healing properties. As with so many ideas picked up by the media, very little of what is published about coconut oil is based...