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Hills Recall Notice

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Dear Clients, We have been made aware of a voluntary recall notice about several canned dog foods made by Hills and Science Diet. These foods were sold at veterinary clinics, pet stores and online. Below is the notice from Hills: Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues depending on the level of vitamin D and the length of exposure, and dogs may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of…

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Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year

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We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a fantastic Christmas season!  We hope that you and your pets enjoy all of the festivities over the next few days and that if you have to do any travelling that you arrive safe and sound. Thank you for another wonderful year.  It has been busy with three maternity leaves and one semi retirement, but your patience, understanding, Thank you cards and all of the Christmas treats are appreciated very much!   Please note our holiday hours for the following days. Saturday December 22 and Monday December 24–7:30 am…

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Remembrance Day

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Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday this year so it may be possible for you to take part in one of the many ceremonies being held throughout our great City of Kawartha Lakes either in person, by watching online or at least be able to be silent for 2 minutes at 11:00 am and contemplate all that Remembrance day is and what it means.   During Veterans week (Nov.5-11) the Government of Canada has put out a series of tales that shares the important roles that men, women and animals have played and continue to play in war.  We want to express…

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What does the recent warning about Flea & Tick medications mean?

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The FDA has recently released a new statement that is making the rounds on social media. It talks about the potential for adverse neurological events associated with drugs in the isoxazoline class (ie. Flea and tick products). Neurological events include tremors, ataxia and seizures. People should be aware that these are very rare side effects and the FDA statement also says that these products continue to be safe and effective for the majority of animals.  This statement is primarily a clarification by the FDA of known and rare side effects. In general it is a concern for pets with a…

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Vaccination information for all Dog families to know…

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Updates on Vaccinations for your Dog You may have seen on the news or social media recently that vaccinations for your canine family member could be getting more complicated. Everyone knows about the core vaccinations recommended for dogs – that would be the rabies vaccination and the Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DAPP) vaccination. It is recommended that all dogs receive these two vaccinations at the very least because of the potential devastating or fatal consequences of these diseases. Rabies is also required by law for human health protection. Two other “lifestyle” vaccines that have been around for a long…

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We have a lot of news…

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(Lilee, Pumpkin and Finn Oliver are exhausted from watching everyone work hard.) Wow! With extending dental month to March, we have been quite busy and as a result missed sending out a regular newsletter during this time.  We also got voted the favorite veterinarian for the fourth year in a row in the Kawartha Lakes Readers Choice awards. We are so thrilled that our wonderful community and our clients (extended family) appreciate the work that we do.  We are very fortunate to be recognized in this way and to tell the truth it helps tremendously when we need a pick…

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The “Knee Cap Rule”

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In honour of pet dental health month (February) I thought we’d update our blog with a subject near and dear to me! Dr Fraser Hale, a veterinary dentist, located in Guelph coined the term the “Knee Cap Rule” – this is a fantastic rule to follow to try to help keep our dog’s teeth safe. This states that you shouldn’t let your dog chew on anything that you wouldn’t want to get hit with in the knee cap! That’s because it is hard enough to have the potential to fracture your dog’s tooth! Of course accidents can happen and teeth…

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What is laser therapy?

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It’s January and boy is it a cold one! Arthritis always seems to be worse in the winter months and the same is true for our dogs and cats with arthritis.  If you notice your dog or cat seems extra stiff right now it might be time to consider something to help with arthritis – whether that is a nutraceutical (i.e. Glucosamine), a medication (i.e. Metacam, Tramadol, etc.), a disease modifying osteoarthritis drug (i.e. Cartrophen injections) or a complementary treatment (i.e. Laser therapy).  We would happy to talk to you about any of these options for your furry family member!…

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'Tis the season to be jolly!

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Pictured here are just some of the wonderful people who will be donating their talent and their time on Sunday November 26,2017 to help raise money in support of the local shelter at the 7th annual Pet Photos with Santa from 12 noon – 4pm.  Dr. Erin Bond has been busy planning since late August.  Since we started this event in 2011 we have raised more than $9000.00 for the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes.  This event is always a lot of fun!  While you are waiting for your photo to be taken we will have raffle tickets to sell…

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What a busy month!

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October is an eventful month for the team at Kawartha Animal Hospital.  Besides celebrating Thanksgiving and Halloween we also celebrate our fantastic RVT’s (registered veterinary technicians), Animal Health Week (October 1-7) and once again are fundraising for the Farley Foundation. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s theme for Animal Health Week 2017 is protect the five animal freedoms.  These five freedoms being; adequate shelter, appropriate veterinary care, proper nutrition, ensuring proper socialization and allowing animals to exhibit normal behaviour.  Our knowledge and access to knowledge about these five freedoms has greatly enhanced the animal/human bond. It is because of this bond between humans…

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