Dog Clothing – Fashion Statement or Necessity?
Nov04

Dog Clothing – Fashion Statement or Necessity?

Dog Clothing,  Fashion Statement or Necessity? Click to Tweet Am I a crazy dog lady – that’s still up for debate;) Are sweaters and coats necessary for my dog’s protection? Does my dog like being dressed? Is dog clothing a fashion statement?  I can answer all the above! Do dogs need protective coats and sweaters ? Yes. Let me explain. My dog is a small short haired dog. She does not have the benefit that some dogs...

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Halloween Pet Safety
Oct18

Halloween Pet Safety

Halloween Pet Safety As exciting as Halloween is for children, the same may not be said for our pets. In fact, Halloween can be an extremely stressful time for dogs and cats. The commotion of strangers ringing your doorbell, repeatedly knocking on the door and shouting “Trick or Treat” can be a confusing time for our pets. Imagine what’s going through your dog and cat’s mind on Halloween evening? Groups of...

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Pet Obesity – Where to Find Help
Aug30

Pet Obesity – Where to Find Help

Pet Obesity – The Series Where to Find Help Last week I discussed tools to help identify if our dog’s are overweight or obese. But what’s the next step, and where do we find help once it’s been confirmed our dog or cat is overweight? Is there someone that can answer questions and help us with the challenges we’ll face along the way? I had plenty of questions, concerns and yes, frustrations when it came to figuring out how...

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How to Identify an Overweight or Obese Dog
Aug22

How to Identify an Overweight or Obese Dog

Pet Obesity   How to identify an overweight or obese dog Last week I discussed the measurement of food going into our pet’s dish, and how as little as a few extra pieces of kibble can make a difference in our pet’s waistline. How can we identify an overweight or obese dog? Can we tell if a pet is overweight just by looking at it? What about the number on the scales? Can you “feel” if your dog is overweight? The simple answer to...

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How much is (Really) in your Dog’s Food Bowl?
Aug14

How much is (Really) in your Dog’s Food Bowl?

Pet Obesity and Its Challenges Part 1. How much is (REALLY) in your Dog’s Food Bowl? Measuring our pet’s food is the only way to know how much they are eating, but it’s how you measure their food that makes all the difference. How does a puppy, kitten, adult dog or cat, go from “normal” weight, to slightly overweight, to chubby, then obese? The first step when it comes to our pet’s health is to eliminate any and all...

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Pet Obesity and Its Challenges
Aug08

Pet Obesity and Its Challenges

Pet Obesity and Its Challenges Pet obesity is something I know a few things about. Am I proud that I know much about the causes, effects, and challenges that come with having an obese pet? No. And yes. No, because to that means I once had an obese pet. Yes, because I did something about it and my dog is healthier for of it. According to The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention “Obesity continues to be the greatest health threat to...

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Hydrate for Health – Importance of Pet Hydration
Jun26

Hydrate for Health – Importance of Pet Hydration

Hydrate for Health – Importance of Pet Hydration Summer has officially arrived in Canada! What does this mean for you and your dog? Time to shake off the wintertime cobwebs, get outside, more trips to the dog park, longer walks, ball and Frisbee catching. As exciting as the dog days of summer are, when temperatures begin to soar we must be cautious and understand that pets require special attention and that includes...

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Skunks, Dogs, Stink and Rabies
May15

Skunks, Dogs, Stink and Rabies

Skunks, Dogs, Stink and Rabies How is it skunks, such cute little creatures, can put such fear into dog parents everywhere? If your dog has ever had the misfortunate of being sprayed by a skunk, you know all too well that the nauseating stench is not easy to eliminate from your dog, yourself or the interior of your home! Skunks not only have the potential of making our lives and our dogs life miserably smelly, but it’s important to...

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Pet Dental Health Month
Feb06

Pet Dental Health Month

Pet Dental Health Month February is pet dental health awareness month. This episode of Vet Chat with Dr.Ryan Llera, we share a veterinarian’s insight and a pet owner’s experience of maintaining our pets dental health.   A veterinarian’s insight into pet dental health: Dr. Ryan Llera explains the importance of dental health in our pets. Dental health is one of the most overlooked and under treated conditions...

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Dr.Ernie Ward is in the Doghouse
Jan12

Dr.Ernie Ward is in the Doghouse

  How Cold Does it Get in the Doghouse? Dr. Ernie Ward puts himself to the test once again! You may remember when Dr. Ernie Ward locked himself in a car to give us insight into the feelings and physical repercussions of leaving a dog in a hot car on a summer’s day? Well Dr. Ernie Ward is at it again! This time Dr. Ernie Ward crawls into the doghouse on a cold winter night, giving us a first hand look how the cold winter...

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Walking a Reactive Dog
Nov14

Walking a Reactive Dog

What does it mean when a dog is fear reactive, does it say that the dog is a mean dog, is it a reflection of the dog owner? My dogs have always been the happy go lucky kind of dogs. They all enjoyed walks, going to parks, meeting other dogs and people. But then all that changed. I was faced with a dog that wanted nothing to do with other dogs, and definitely not an off leash dog!  The same went for people he didn’t know. He was...

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Dog Days of Summer Safety – Car Safety
Jul25

Dog Days of Summer Safety – Car Safety

This is the seventh in a series of posts highlighting: Summer Safety Tips for Pets Tip #7 Car Safety   Summer is all about adventures. Part of these adventures includes my most favourite activity – going for car rides! A car ride is great fun! There’s nothing more exciting for a dog than breathing in all those new and fantastic smells, visiting parks, meeting new people and making new friends. But before my human puts...

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Dog Days of Summer Safety – Pesticides
Jul18

Dog Days of Summer Safety – Pesticides

This is the sixth in a series of posts highlighting: Summer Safety Tips for Pets Tip #6 Pesticides What a great pleasure it is for your dog to lay on the grass, catch some rays, have a good roll around and sniff all the pretty flowers.   But before putting your paws on that grass, or taking a good sniff of those flowers, make sure they haven’t been treated with fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or insecticides that are toxic to...

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Dog Days of Summer Safety – Hydration
Jul11

Dog Days of Summer Safety – Hydration

This is the fifth in a series of posts highlighting: Summer Safety Tips for Pets Tip #5 Hydration Taking it slow and easy. We have another week of hot temps and high humidity ahead of us so be sure to keep those water dishes filled with fresh cool water and lap it up! It’s so important to keep a special eye on our pets during these hot, humid summer days and part of staying safe is making sure our pets stay hydrated. Be sure to have...

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Dog Days of Summer Safety – Stay Cool – Stay Hydrated
Jul06

Dog Days of Summer Safety – Stay Cool – Stay Hydrated

This is the fourth in a series of posts highlighting: Summer Safety Tips for Pets Tip #4 Stay Cool – Stay Hydrated The temperature is soaring and the humidity is high 🌡 We are in the midst of a heat wave🔥 My fellow furfriends, please limit your outdoor exercise and consider indoor activities on hot days like today! Stay cool and safe inside with air conditioning or fans and don’t forget to drink plenty of fresh...

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Dog Days of Summer Safety – Hot Sidewalks
Jul04

Dog Days of Summer Safety – Hot Sidewalks

This is the third in a series of six weekly posts highlighting: Summer Safety Tips for Pets Tip #3 Avoiding Hot Sidewalks and Pavement Good morning! I’m off for my early morning dog walk while it’s still cool and before the sidewalks and pavement get too hot for my paws. Did you know that hot sidewalks and pavement that can cause a dogs paw pads to burn? It’s true! Before venturing out on your dog walk, have your human press their...

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Dog Days of Summer Safety – Water Safety
Jun27

Dog Days of Summer Safety – Water Safety

This is the second in a series of six weekly posts highlighting: Summer Safety Tips for Pets Tip #2 Dog Water Safety! Planning on going to the beach, cottage or boating with your pet this summer? Not all dogs are natural swimmers! It’s true! Some of us have been known to sink like a stone! Even dogs that can swim may not be strong swimmers, they can get caught up in the current and tire easily. Dogs can get excited on a boat, jump off...

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What’s Your Pet’s Body Condition Score?
Jun23

What’s Your Pet’s Body Condition Score?

The roles were reversed on my recent visit to Royal Canin Canada. I’ve joined Royal Canin over the past few years at veterinarian conferences and events where professionals discuss weight management in pets. I bring Edie to these events to show off the results of a dog that was once overweight.   On this occasion I was asked to speak to a group of veterinarians about what its like as a pet owner to have/had, an obese dog,...

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Dog Days of Summer Safety
Jun20

Dog Days of Summer Safety

Dog Days of Summer Safety Today is officially the first day of summer! Woohoo! While you’re enjoying the hot,hazy, lazy, sunny days of summer, lets not forget the importance of protecting our pets and pet safety! This is the first in a series of six weekly posts highlighting Summer Safety Tips for Pets  Tip #1 No Hot Dogs in Cars! The only place a “hot dog” belongs is on a plate at a BBQ or picnic! Never, ever, leave your dog...

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Annual Heartworm Testing and Veterinary Check Up’s
May09

Annual Heartworm Testing and Veterinary Check Up’s

Well, it’s that time of the year again. Time to toss my dog coat in the back of the closet and hide those socks and dog boots my human insists I wear to protect my paws from the ice, snow and salt during our winter walks. You know what else happens this time of year? Annual Heartworm Test and Veterinary Check Up Heartworm testing is just one of my regular veterinarian visits throughout the year. Each vet visit is an opportunity for me...

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Keeping Your Pets Safe from Fleas and Ticks – #NoBiteIsRight
May02

Keeping Your Pets Safe from Fleas and Ticks – #NoBiteIsRight

This post is sponsored by No Bite is RIght and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer NetworkTM. I am being compensated to help create awareness about Summer Safety and Protecting Pets against fleas and ticks but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. The blogger is responsible for the contents and not the sponsors mentioned above.   Did you know Canada has 5 seasons? Well, if you’re a pet owner you do. Yes,...

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National Nutrition Month for Pets
Mar14

National Nutrition Month for Pets

Its National Nutrition Month and what a great opportunity to discuss pets, nutrition and healthy weight. Earlier this month I joined Royal Canin Canada at the Ontario Veterinary Technician conference in Toronto where the topic of discussion was pet nutrition; knowing the signs of obesity in pets; obtaining and maintaining healthy weight in pets. As a pet owner attending the conference, it gave me the opportunity to tackle the subject...

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Indoor Cats Need Vet Check-ups Too
Jan18

Indoor Cats Need Vet Check-ups Too

Indoor Cats Need Vet Checkup’s Too “But my cat is an indoor cat” I’m sure this makes any vet cringe when they hear this excuse from a cat owner as to why their cat doesn’t need annual checkups or regular vaccinations. I will be the first to admit that I myself had thought the same at one time. Why would an indoor cat who never goes outside need to visit the vet on a regular basis, or for that matter, need...

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Urinary Tract Disease in Cats – #Cattitude
Oct26

Urinary Tract Disease in Cats – #Cattitude

I’ve always had cats.   I admire their independence – until they decide they want attention, which is usually soon after you’ve put your good clothes on and they insist on cuddling. Cats can be finicky with their food – except at 5:00am when they decide their bowl needs a top up. Cats are great helpers – especially when making the bed and they dive bomb the sheets to help tuck them in. There’s...

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A Cats Journey to Healthiness – This Cat Can Do!
Sep21

A Cats Journey to Healthiness – This Cat Can Do!

Earlier this year I was at the CP24 Animal House Calls studios with Pet Obesity Specialist Dr. Alex German and Royal Canin Canada where the discussion was pet obesity, the adverse side effects and what the long term benefits of a pet losing weight are. While waiting back stage I had the opportunity to meet Candyce the cat. Candyce had been at the Toronto Humane Society and was already somewhat overweight when she was adopted out....

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