Disaster Preparedness and Your Pets
Sep07

Disaster Preparedness and Your Pets

Disaster Preparedness and Your Pets This episode of Vet Chat with Dr. Ryan Llera, we step away from the usual pet health information and tips to discuss the importance of having a disaster preparedness plan in place for your pets in the event of a natural disaster. As I am writing this introduction the news and weather channel are playing in the background and what I’m hearing is terrifying and frightening, and I’m no...

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5 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Cat
Jun27

5 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Cat

Five Things You Should Know Before Getting a Cat   This episode of Vet Chat, Dr. Ryan Llera discusses the five things we should know before getting a cat. June is a fantastic time and the beginning of summer, but did you also know it’s Adopt A Shelter Cat month? Yes, your local shelter is probably overrun with kitties just looking for a home where they can be fed, feel safe & secure, and give you love in return. Before...

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Springtime Parasites – Tick and Heartworm Prevention Season
Apr17

Springtime Parasites – Tick and Heartworm Prevention Season

Springtime Parasites   Tick and Heartworm Season It’s that time of year again! The birds are singing, the rain is falling, the flowers are beginning to bloom. It’s also time for Edie’s annual veterinarian checkup that includes heartworm testing and flea and tick protection. On this episode of Vet Chat, Dr.Ryan Llera discusses: Ticks, lyme disease and heartworm Do you know what time it is? Well, aside from longer...

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Pet Poison Prevention – Protecting our Pets
Mar20

Pet Poison Prevention – Protecting our Pets

Pet Poison Prevention Month Protecting Our Pets From Poisoning As a pet parent you’ve probably heard over and over again the dangers your pet should avoid. Ask any dog parent what your dog shouldn’t consume and the first thing that usually comes to mind is chocolate. But what about other dangers we as pet parents must be made aware of? March is Pet Poison Prevention Month, and on this episode of Vet Chat, Dr. Ryan Llera...

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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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Cats – They Can Love Going to the Veterinarian!
Jan09

Cats – They Can Love Going to the Veterinarian!

Cats They Can Love Going to the Veterinarian! I have two cats, Lily and Lloyd. I admit when Lily and Lloyd were younger I did not take them to the veterinarian as often as I took my dogs. Why? I believed because my cats are indoor cats, never going outdoors, only watching birds and leafs fly by from the inside of a window or door, their health was protected. As if that window or door would magically keep all illness and disease away...

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Spinal Issues, Diseases and Injuries in Dogs
Nov07

Spinal Issues, Diseases and Injuries in Dogs

I’ve asked Dr. Ryan Llera if he would discuss spinal issues, diseases and back injuries in dogs. I wanted to know if there was anything we as pet parents could do to eliminate or reduce the risks of back injuries in our dogs. And, if a back injury happens, or our dog is diagnosed with intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), what, if anything can we do to help our dogs. Spinal Issues, Diseases and Injuries in Dogs Multiple dog breeds...

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Brachycephalic Dogs & Breathing Problems
Jul13

Brachycephalic Dogs & Breathing Problems

Dr. Ryan Llera discusses Brachycephalic Dogs & Breathing Problems Another summer has arrived! And with it comes the scorching heat. While many of us enjoy this time of year, there are some who don’t. I can’t blame them for hating it. It’s hot, humid, and it makes it more difficult for them to breathe. That’s right, I’m talking about my brachycephalic friends including my #1 pug pal, Miss Edie the Pug....

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Senior Pet Care – How You Can Help – Vet Chat with Dr. R. Llera
May11

Senior Pet Care – How You Can Help – Vet Chat with Dr. R. Llera

We all want to know what and how is the best way to care for our pets. We ask all kinds of questions about the best way to raise and train them, we want to know what to feed them and the easiest way to potty train them. But what about the other stage of our pets life? The senior stage of our pets life? On this episode of Vet Chat, Dr.Ryan Llera discusses: Senior Pet Care – How You Can Help People everyday are getting a new puppy,...

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Ticks and Your Pets
Mar30

Ticks and Your Pets

Ticks! Tics, they’re coming….okay, not really and this is not a cheesy horror film script. Nor do ticks come actively chasing after you or your pet. It is warming up now, so those ticks that were in hibernation (yes, they really didn’t die over winter) will be more active in search of blood and making tick babies! Unfortunately, it also means that they can spread diseases such as Lyme, Ehrlichia, or Anaplasmosis....

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Rabies, Raccoons and Dog Safety
Feb10

Rabies, Raccoons and Dog Safety

Rabies, Raccoons and Dog Safety On this episode of Vet Chat I ask Dr. Ryan Llera to discuss rabies, raccoons and dog safety. There have been several warnings to pet owners lately informing them of raccoons that have tested positive for rabies, and don’t think for one minute that because you live in the city your pet is exempt from being exposed to these infected animals. The above photo is a raccoon that took up residence in my...

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Cats and Hairballs
Nov10

Cats and Hairballs

Cats and Hairballs Horf horf horf, ack! Ah yes, the sound you might hear at 3am and you don’t make the connection until you wake up and step in the cats hairball! You know, the cold wet clump of fur your cat brought up a few hours ago. For some cats and their owners, hairballs are written off as a part of life, for others, hairballs might be a sign of a larger problem. Hairballs, or trichobezoars, in most cases are the product...

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Dog Park Etiquette – The Good, The Bad & The Furry
Oct08

Dog Park Etiquette – The Good, The Bad & The Furry

Autumn is here, the tress are changing colours, the temperatures are a little cooler, what a better time to meet up with friends at the dog park. Today, Dr.Ryan Llera discusses: Dog Parks The Good, The Bad, & The Furry Over the past several years, dog parks have sprung up in communities as a place for your canine companion to get some exercise and depending on rules, meet other dogs. Dog parks can be wonderful places, but they...

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Animal Actors or Pets
Jul22

Animal Actors or Pets

Do tv programs and movies effect the popularity of dog breeds? And if so, what effect does it have on that breed? Is it positive – showing the dog in a different light, or highlighting the skills that these dogs/breeds are capable of? Is it negative –  this dog breed is now so popular that everyone wants/needs to have one, even if that dog is not the right fit for you or your family? Do people understand that what they are...

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Cars, Planes, Dogs and Cats – Traveling with Pets
Jun03

Cars, Planes, Dogs and Cats – Traveling with Pets

This week on Vet Chat with Dr. Ryan Llera, he discusses how to safely travel with pets. The arrival of the spring-summer travel season is upon us and perhaps you’re getting ready to take some time off with the family including the pets. Traveling with pets can be lots of fun but also can be an anxious endeavor for both you and them. Before you hit the open road or take to the skies, let’s do our part to make it a safe and...

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Vet Chat with Dr. Llera – Scratching the Surface of Skin Disease
Apr28

Vet Chat with Dr. Llera – Scratching the Surface of Skin Disease

Scratching the Surface of Skin Disease Previously, we discussed the top 5 visit reasons that pets get seen at their veterinarians. Well, we didn’t talk about skin issues but a top 6 list doesn’t sound as cool and the integumentary system has so many facets, it deserves a post of it’s own. When I was in Florida, I would call it a dermatologist’s dream job because of the number of skin problems. So why are we...

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Pug on the Hot Seat – Interview with Dr. R. Llera
Feb25

Pug on the Hot Seat – Interview with Dr. R. Llera

Last week I had the pawleasure of interviewing Dr. Ryan Llera and asking him all the questions pets want to know about our vet and the reasons they do the things they do to us during our visits. Today the examination table is turned and Dr. Llera asks me the tough questions!   1) What’s it like living with 2 cats? When they are not sleeping in my bed or taking my humans attention away from me they’re ok.   They have a...

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Questions from the “Dog Side”   My Interview with Dr. Ryan Llera DVM
Feb18

Questions from the “Dog Side” My Interview with Dr. Ryan Llera DVM

Time to turn the exam room table! Questions for the Dog Side My Interview with Dr. Ryan Llera DVM This week I turn the exam room tables and ask questions from the dog side, as I interview Dr. Ryan Llera. We discuss needles, cold thermometers and whose the better patient – cats or dogs. 1) What’s your favourite part of being a vet? Excellent question. I really love surgery!! A chance to cut is a chance to cure. Whether...

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5 Top Reasons for Vet Visits
Jan06

5 Top Reasons for Vet Visits

To start of this new year, I asked Dr. Ryan Llera to discuss the top five reasons he sees pet patients. Hopefully this will assist us in knowing what we should do if we encounter one or more of these common aliments in our pets. Five Common Reasons Pets Visit Veterinarians It’s the new year! 2015 has arrived and it’s time for New Year’s resolutions…not just for you but for your pets! Thinking about the most...

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Pet Adoptions & the Holidays – with Dr. R. Llera
Dec02

Pet Adoptions & the Holidays – with Dr. R. Llera

Dr. R. Llera discusses pet adoption and the holidays.  As much as we both like to see pets find their forever homes at any time of year, there is much to be considered and discussed before making this very important decision.  A decision that effects not only the pet owner, but the pet involved. Pet Adoptions & the Holidays The holidays are just around the corner and you know what that means…time with your family, holiday...

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Winter Hazards for Pets
Nov04

Winter Hazards for Pets

I don’t know about you, but it seems like it was only yesterday that winter was here and we where hiding under the blankets to keep warm, going on potty strikes because it was too cold, or snowy, or windy, or icy. Unfortunately, as much as we would like to skip this nasty winter weather, short of hoping a plane to an exotic destination, winter is coming and we have to deal with it.  Along with the usual weather discomforts come...

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Halloween Safety Guide with Dr. R. Llera
Oct27

Halloween Safety Guide with Dr. R. Llera

Halloween Safety Guide for Your Pets The leaves are changing, the air is colder, and this was never more apparent then when I stepped off the plane after a trip to Florida last week. It’s good to be back home in Kingston, and now it’s time to get your pets ready for the next few months. Some of these things may seem like common sense but it’s always good for a refresher. Halloween is this week! The dangers of...

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Nose, Eyes and Nail Care with Dr. R. Llera
Oct14

Nose, Eyes and Nail Care with Dr. R. Llera

 Dr. Ryan Llera discusses: The Basics of Nose, Eyes and Nails (part 2 of a 2 part series) When it comes to taking good care of your pet, several things that YOU can do at home can go a long way towards keeping your cat or dog in good health. Doing some of these simple things can also help cut down on veterinary visits which will keep your pet’s stress levels lower (unless they love visiting the clinic – we have awesome treats!)...

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Basics of Ears and Teeth with Dr. Llera
Oct06

Basics of Ears and Teeth with Dr. Llera

This is part 1 of 2 of a reader requested post as part of my collaboration with Dr. Ryan Llera Dr. Llera can be found on Twitter and Facebook, he is very approachable, and is always looking for suggestions from pet parents as to what topics they would like to see discussed. Part 1 The Basics of Ears and Teeth with Dr. R. Llera When it comes to taking good care of your pet, several things that YOU can do at home can go a long way...

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Introducing – Vet Chat with Dr. Llera
Sep16

Introducing – Vet Chat with Dr. Llera

Introducing  Dr.Ryan Llera I met Dr. Llera on Twitter and became a fan of his blog, DrRyanLlera.com, where he shares pet health information, the life a veterinarian, and his personal experiences of pet ownership. Dr. Llera and I have teamed up to share pet health information and topics of interest to pet owners in a new segment called, “Vet Chat with Dr. Llera“. Dr. Llera and I invite you to leave comments below with...

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