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October is Farley Month!

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We at the New Hamburg Vet Clinic understand how devistating it is when a pet becomes sick or injured. It is an even harder situation when a pet owner is unable to provide necessary veterinary care due to financial restrictions beyond their control.

During the month of October, the New Hamburg Vet Clinic will be raising awareness of and supporting the Farley Foundation! This year Merck has put together special items to be auctioned off and donated on behalf of Farley, alongside many of our other amazing veterinary companies (Royal Canin, Hill’s, Virbac, Zoetis, Aventix, Elanco and Dechra).

So, how are we raising money for Farley?

$5 Nail Trims , $1 Farley Bandanas, and best yet, RAFFLE PRIZES (a draw will be held on November 3rd)!
(Please call in advance to book any nail trims, cash only).

Any donation over $15 will be eligible for a tax receipt.

Unsure of what the Farley Foundation is all about? Or want to make a donation online?
Please visit their website at:

http://www.farleyfoundation.org

September is Pet Insurance Month!

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A lot of you out there may be thinking, “What? There’s PET insurance?” or “Why would my pet need health insurance?” or even “Can they be covered by my own insurance?”. This post will give you some ideas and some brain waves to think about whether you feel your pet needs health insurance or not. Sure, some pets may go on for it’s entire life and never need anything more than their annual vaccines, but there are many more pets that will end up needing a doctor’s appointment outside of the routine. September is the month to showcase the reason that pet insurance exists, and also to help you choose if you and your pet are the right candidates.

What is Pet Health Insurance?

Pet health insurance helps pay some or most of the costs of diagnosing, treating, and managing your pet’s illness or injury. Thanks to ongoing improvements in veterinary medicine, your veterinarian is able to offer ever-progressive therapeutic plans and improved outcomes for your dogs and cats. With improved care, however, comes increased cost, and that’s where pet health insurance comes in.

Who needs Pet Health Insurance?

Pet Insurance can be for absolutely any pet, of any size, sex, breed or species. Not only is it relevant for high energy, active dogs or dogs that go camping or hiking, but low energy, couch potato dogs are also prone to long term health concerns. Some of these long term health concerns include arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease and other hormonal conditions. Your veterinarian is the one who can help you explore the different health concerns that may be anticipated based on your pet’s breed and lifestyle.
Some of you may be asking, “What about my cat?” Outdoor cats are especially more at risk of accident or illness because the great outdoors is an uncontrolled environment. Indoor cats may not be as “accident-prone” as their dog counterparts, but in their senior years they can also develop long term health issues such as diabetes and kidney failure.
Overtime, a lot of these diseases and illnesses can become quite expensive to manage without pet insurance. Therefore, pet health insurance gives owners peace of mind and the ability to make decisions about diagnostic testing and treatment based on your pet’s needs.

Who offers Pet Health Insurance?

There are a few different companies in Canada that offer insurance:
OVMA Pet Health Insurance – ovmapetinsurance.com
PetSecure Canada – www.petsecure.com
Pets+Us – www.petsplusus.com
Trupanion – www.trupanion.com/canada
CAA – www.caapets.com

Whichever route you decide to choose, whether it is with pet insurance or not, the option is always there for you. If you need more assistance with insurance plans, please feel free to contact any of the companies above and they will be more than happy to help you find the right plan for you and your pet.

Winter Weather Hazards for your Pets

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Chilly temperatures, cozy fireplaces, and extra layers are all part of the winters we have here in Ontario.  We prepare ourselves every year for this season by wearing our jackets, hats and mitts, as well as making sure our furnace or fireplace is working properly, but do you prepare your pets for the cold weather?  Here are a list of things to watch for and ideas to keep your pets safe this winter season.

1.  Frostbite: just like humans, animals are susceptible to frostbite.  Be aware that tissue damage (especially on ears and paws) usually doesn’t appear until several days after exposure, so make sure they are dressed properly, or reduce the amount of time you have them outside.  Basically, if it is too cold for you to be outside without a coat, it is too cold for your pet.

2.  Hypothermia:  To follow the above, body temperatures can fall dangerously below normal if exposed to the cold.  Watch out for signs such as, decreased appetite, severe lethargy, shivering and discoloration of skin (red or black).  Call your Veterinarian if your pet is experiencing any of these conditions.

3. Shorter Days:  Dogs still need to go outside.  With winter come shorter days and darker nights,  For this reason, it is a good idea to get them (as well as yourself) some reflective gear, such as, leashes, collars or a coat to be more visible at night.

4. Antifreeze:  Antifreeze is a poison that is very bad for our pets once ingested.  The sweet taste of this common household item is what attracts them to it. so be sure to wipe up spills and keep containers out of reach.  Also, make sure everyone in the house is aware of this poisonous substance to make sure it is always returned to it’s proper location.  CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN if you suspect your pet has consume any antifreeze.

5. Protect their paws:  Because of the icy nature of winter, it is very common to have salt on our streets and sidewalks to keep us from slipping.  Unfortunately, salt can injure the pads of your pet when out for walk.  Consider buying booties to protect their feet while outside.

6. Provide shelter:  We don’t recommend keeping any pet outside for long periods of time, but it you are unable to keep your dog or cat inside during cold weather provide them with a  warm, dry, solid shelter against wind.  Many feral cats live outside throughout all of winter so consider building a warm, dry shelter for them out of styrofoam or plastic boxes.  Tutorials for this can be found online.

7. Thermal Burns:  During the cold weather you may have your baseboard heaters or fireplace on to keep warm.  Just remember, cats love the warmth, so make sure to keep your feline friends at a safe distance to avoid burns.

8. Make some noise: A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for stray or feral cats, but is deadly.  Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage these feline friends to get out.

October is Dental Health Month

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Dental 2Dental care is just as important for our pets as it is for us. Proper oral health can alleviate pain, prevent infection and extend our pets lives, but less than %10 of our pets receive the dental care that they need. In October we will again be focusing on Dental Health at the New Hamburg Veterinary Clinic. Please call us if you would like more information on what you can do to help you pet with oral care or for a free Dental Health evaluation.

In the meantime, feel free to browse this article from Veterinary Partner on Oral Care in pets

http://www.VeterinaryPartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=128

Parasites and your pet

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Now that the nice weather is here, it is the time that our pets to start bringing home creepy, crawly friends that we don’t want in our houses. Fleas, Ticks, Internal parasites and Heartworm have been waiting all winter for the nice weather too and now are starting to show their icky little faces. June 1st is the traditional start date for Heartworm and Flea preventative medications in Southern Ontario. Once monthly application of medications can help to prevent serious diseases caused by parasites like Fleas, Ticks, Heartworm and intestinal worms. Feel free to contact our clinic to find out if your cat or dog is at risk for any of these unwanted critters.

In the mean time, watch this video to find out about the life cycle of ticks (we do not generally recommend removing ticks at home; call our clinic if you have parasite concerns)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g_lt0FcQag

What is Heartworm, anyway?

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Spring is the time of year that we start testing our pets for Heartworm disease and giving them monthly medication to protect them against this and other parasites; but what is the big deal with Heartworm anyway. Well click on the link below to see a computer animation of the transmission of the Heartworm parasite. Keep your pets protected this mosquito season!

 

Its Spring (Even if it doesn’t feel like it)

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Spring is here, and although there is still snow on the ground, it won’t be long before our pets are dealing with spring time parasites again. Fleas, Ticks, Intestinal parasites and Heartworm all come out in the warmer weather that is just around the corner. Please read the article below on Heartworm Disease in dogs and consider if your pet needs protection against this deadly parasite?

 

https://newhamburgvetclinic.com/pet-health-resources/pet-health-articles/articles/?rid=773

Online Pharmacies

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Ordering medication over the internet has become popular in recent times, but as with any new service, there arehttp://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm203000.htmriskshttp://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm203000.htminvolved in shopping for your animal pharmaceuticals from unknown sources. Here is a great article from the US FDA about how to protect yourself. Similar ideas apply to shopping at Canadian online pharmacies. Please ask our staff if you have any questions regarding your pet’s medications.

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/ucm203000.htm

Its Cold Outside

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With the cold temperatures that winter brings, remember that we need to think of our pets comfort as well. Read this great article on keeping your pet comfy in the cold months of winter:

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