How to walk your dog safely this winter

Most dogs don’t ‘naturally’ love the cold any more than you do   If you live in Toronto, you’ve seen it at least once: A little dog, walking along beside its human, shivering or looking reluctant to cross an ice patch. And you wonder: Should that dog be out in this weather? The answer, generally speaking, is yes – as long as you take a few precautions.

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Happy holidays! (and holiday hours)

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Here at Liberty Village Animal Hospital, 2018 was our best year yet, and we have you to thank. It’s our clients, customers, patients and friends who have made us a success – and made us happy to get up and come to work every morning. So we wanted to take a moment to thank you for another great year. Our holiday hours Dec 24 – 8am-1pmDec 25/26 – ClosedDec 27-10am-8pmDec 28 – 9am-6pmDec 29 – 9am-1pmDec 31 – 8am-1pmJan 1 – ClosedJan 2 – back to normal hours In the event of an emergency If you need a veterinarian outside of normal hours, please go to one of the following emergency clinics: Emergency Hospital of West Toronto150 Norseman Street416.239.3453Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic1051 Eglinton Avenue West416.784.4444

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Carry your pet with you everywhere!

Just our way of saying ‘thank you’ for a great 2018 December is always a time of reflection on the year that’s passed. And this year we’re particularly grateful for all the patients (and their guardians) who have made 2018 our best ever here at Liberty Village Animal Hospital As our way of saying ‘thank you’ for a great year, we’re offering all our clients a personalized keychain – so you can take your pet everywhere you go! Send us a photo. We’ll make you a keychain. If you’re a LVAH client, here’s what to do: Take a great photo of your pet (the higher the resolution, the better) Email it to us at info@libertyvillageanimalhospital.com (put ‘Keychain’ in the subject line) Make sure we get it before December 23rd 2018 We’ll make you a keychain and let you know when it’s ready for pickup! (We’ll do our best to have them ready…

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Welcome to #HelpOurPetsTO 2018!

Partnering to help homeless pets (and their families) We’re excited to announce that for the second year in a row, we’re partnering with ThinkHatch and partners Park9: UrbanDog Playcare & Resorts and Simply Laundry to help the pets in our communities who often struggle in the winter months. We all know our pets are family, and for people who are homeless their pets may be the only family they have. For homeless people on the streets of Toronto, pets can provide comfort, motivation – and their dogs often provide the security and safety that can be so difficult to find on the streets. But pets living on the streets often experience scarcity, which is why we’re collecting donations of new and used blankets, pet supplies, and pet food. This holiday season, let’s help them out with donations of new or used blankets, pet food and other pet needs. Drop off your donation between Nov 12 –…

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What people food is safe for cats?

Your cat doesn’t have to live on kibble alone Recently a friend called me up on a rainy Sunday morning. “I’m out of cat food!” he said. “But I really don’t want to have to go out in this weather. What can I feed the cat?” Well, as it turns out, lots of things. Most of us are so accustomed to buying pre-made dog and cat food that we forget that pet-specific food is a relatively recent invention. While the first commercial dog biscuits were made in 1860, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that dog food was widely available. The 25 years spanning the world wars and their associated consumer shortages meant there was a growing need to feed pets without taxing the human food supply. By 1947, PG Wodehouse was writing about satirical dog biscuit companies – which was a good indication they’d gone mainstream. The truth is that…

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Taking your puppy to the vet for the first time.

How to make it more successful for everyone   As a new puppy parent, you’ve probably been told how important it is that your new dog gets regular veterinary care. (You may even have had to sign papers promising this care.) But even the most committed dog owner can find those first few months tough: New puppies have to visit the vet every few weeks in their first 6 months, for everything from checkups to immunizations and boosters to parasite checks. However, one of the side benefits to all these early visits to the vet is that they allow your puppy to become accustomed to the sights, sounds and smells of the veterinary clinic, which will make it easier later on. The idea of having to carry or drag a full-grown Bernese into the vet’s office sounds funny – until you have to do it yourself. Your dog may never…

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Howl-o-ween winners!

It’s hard to choose when they’re all this cute Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for the #LVAHHowloween pet costume contest! We got some fantastic entries, but we’ve picked the winners. Here they are: FIRST PLACE DOG: Pope Norman Norman of MyMateNorman was totally on-trend this year with his Dog Pope costume (remember the Met Costume Gala’s theme was also the Catholic Church!) and we couldn’t resist. FIRST PLACE CAT: Pirate Charlee of the Liberty Caribbean Pirate Charlee of the Liberty Caribbean wins first in the cat category, not just for the costume, but for possibly the best pose of the season. Because of course that’s how cats would stand if they were pirates. SECOND PLACE: Ellesmere the Toller Anyone who lives, works, or even just walks through Liberty Village these days will appreciate Ellesmere the Toller’s costume, representing “the infamous intersection in Toronto with condos going up on all…

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Veterinary care doesn’t have to be expensive

5 tips for ensuring your pet stays healthy without breaking the bank We know what people say: “I hate taking Spot to the vet – it’s a lot of money and sometimes I think they’re just trying to make me spend more money.” But remember: Vets have the same kind of medical training (and almost as much of it) as family doctors have. Their years in veterinary college involved anatomy, physiology, surgery and pharmacology – just like your family doctor. And 99% of them did it because they have a deep love for animals. If they’d really wanted just to ‘make money’, they’d have chosen a medical field that involved humans. However, we also know that when a pet gets sick, it can happen fast – and even modest bills can be a shock to the budget. So here are our tips for keeping vet bills low – while also…

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Howl-o-ween 2018: Pets in costume

You’re already making your pet wear a costume. Why not win a prize? We’re excited to announce the second annual Howl-o-ween costume contest. Dress up your dog or cat in their Halloween costume, take a picture and then post it on Instagram or Twitter using #LVAHhowloween or on our Facebook page before October 31. We’ll choose 4 winners: #1 dog, #1 cat, #2 overall and #3 overall and announce on November 1, 2018. First place prizes: $100 worth of pet foodSecond place prize: $50 worth of pet foodThird place prize: $25 worth of pet food (Plus bragging rights, of course.) We’re looking forward to seeing your pets look just as cute (and possibly ridiculous) as practice dog Olive, shown here in one of her many costumes.

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