What does summer mean for your pet?

Pets need a little extra TLC in the summer months. In lots of ways, pets love summer as much as people do: More outdoor activities, more frequent (and probably longer) walks, and trips to exotic places like the cottage. But pets – and particularly dogs, who tend to spend more time outside – also face some dangers unique to summer. The ASPCA has listed the top 5 risks for pets in the summer: 1.   Fireworks & thunderstorms. According to the ASPCA, loud noises like fireworks are one of the main reasons that pets go missing, especially in good weather. If you’re outside at a fireworks show, keep your pet on a leash; if you know your pet gets frightened by thunderstorms and the loud bangs of fireworks, try keeping them in their crate in a quiet area of your home. 2.  Sun & heat. High summer temperatures and more time…

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COVID-19 protocols and practice updates

Not quite back to normal, but we’re getting there As you may have heard, the Ontario government has announced their plans for reopening businesses and services in the province. As of this week, veterinarians may resume ‘normal’ operations. We were very happy to hear this, because we know that so many of our clients have been putting off ‘routine’ visits and checkups for weeks now. And we’re looking forward to seeing you! However, while formal restrictions have been lifted, the coronavirus and COVID-19 haven’t gone away, and social distancing is still considered best practice when it comes to preventing transmission. With that in mind, we wanted to let you know that: We will be returning to our normal hours, Monday-Friday We will continue to be closed on Saturdays for the foreseeable future We can now accept appointments for non-emergency treatments, such as annual checkups and vaccinations Given the backlog of…

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Enjoy your long weekend!

Be honest: You’re taking Friday off too, right? Whether you’re an essential worker, have been working from home, or have been furloughed, the past couple of months haven’t been easy. Sure, you may be able to wear pyjamas around the house more than usual, but that doesn’t mean you’re really ‘relaxing’. So we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a peaceful, relaxing, and enjoyable long weekend – you deserve it! Holiday weekend hours Friday 15 May – 8am-6pm Saturday 16 May – closed Sunday 17 May – closed Monday 18 May – closed Tuesday 19 May – open at 8am and back to regular 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 Toronto 150 Norseman Street 416.239.3453 Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic 1051 Eglinton Avenue West 416.784.4444…

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COVID-19, social distancing, and your pets

  Caring for pets during a pandemic If you live in Toronto – or in almost any part of North America right now – you’re probably already taking steps to avoid transmitting or catching the COVID-19 coronavirus. You may already be working from home, or ensuring you’re keeping a safe distance from others, avoiding crowded areas – and washing your hands with soap and water a lot. But what about your pets? Coronavirus is not transmitted between humans and pets. So far, there is no evidence that coronavirus is transmitted from humans to pets. Researchers have found one dog in Hong Kong who appeared to have COVID-19 cells, but it’s unclear what this means. Right now, it’s reasonably safe to assume that you and your dog or cat can’t pass the virus back and forth, but healthcare professionals are advising that until they know more, you should probably avoid letting…

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Why your dog’s teeth are so important

It’s more than just cosmetics You may have seen our recent dental care promotion (book and complete a dental assessment and completion before February 15, 2020 and you could win tickets to the Raptors vs Bucks game on Feb 25th!) and thought, “Yeah, I should really try brushing my pet’s teeth more often – but it’s always such a pain in the neck! And it’s not like my pet eats sugar all the time – I mean, can his/her teeth really be that big of a deal?” Yes. The medical community has known for decades that oral health is crucial to good overall health for humans – after all, “…the mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts…”, and that means bacteria. There’s increasing research demonstrating that the same is true for animals, and our cats and dogs are no exception. As the AAHA pointed out in…

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Older cats: How to assess their quality of life

We hear it so often in the office when someone brings in an older cat or dog: “She was doing fine until the end of last week, but then over the weekend she just stopped eating and drinking, and I don’t think she’s moved from her bed in the corner for at least 24 hours now. What happened? What symptoms did I miss?” Even the best pet parents can end up feeling guilty because they think maybe they weren’t paying enough attention until their animal is seriously ill. But the truth is that cats and dogs are remarkably good at hiding pain and even serious illness. Most experts think this is a holdover from their days as wild animals, where exhibiting weakness would make them a target for predators, and it’s probably also that, unlike humans, pets don’t reflect on (or worry about) what a new pain or symptom means…

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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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Howloween 2019: Get it on!

The perfect excuse to put your pet in a costume We’re excited to announce the third 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. Winners will be announced the first week in November. Prizes will be our usual much-coveted prize packs! (Plus bragging rights, of course.) What’s Olive’s favourite costume this year? Her full-body alligator, of course!

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Thanksgiving weekend holiday hours

Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you eat turkey or turnips, spend the day with family or friends, or look forward to dinner or the post-dinner nap, we hope you have a great Thanksgiving weekend. (And remember: While we’d never tell you not to give your pet a few extra turkey treats this weekend, please don’t give them any turkey or other meat bones. Bones can splinter when chewed, causing serious internal damage as they move through your pet’s system.) Holiday weekend hours Friday 11 October – 8am-6pm Saturday 12 October – closed Sunday 13 October – closed Monday 14 October – closed Tuesday 15 October – open at 8am and back to regular 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 Toronto 150 Norseman Street 416.239.3453 Central Toronto Veterinary Referral Clinic…

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