The Prairie Press

Hug A Vet Tech!

October is Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Month Across Canada this month we are celebrating RVTs and the absolutely vital role they play in your pet’s health. These members of our healthcare team can wear many hats: anesthesia, dentistry, nutrition, radiology, lab work, research—RVTs do it all, and we couldn’t do what we do without them! RVTs are highly-trained professionals who work extremely hard to gain their credentials and to stay updated on the latest in veterinary care. At Prairie Animal Health Centre, our RVTs not only provide medical care for dogs and cats, but also large animals and livestock. They…

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Aggressive Dogs and Vet Visits

Having an aggressive dog means that you as a pet owner have some unique challenges—one especially difficult obstacle is bringing a dog to the vet. Because all dogs need regular veterinary care, it’s extremely important to be mindful of things you can do when you are scheduling and transporting an aggressive dog to the veterinarian. Here are some tips for success when dealing with aggressive dogs and the veterinarian. Try to Schedule the First or Last Appointment of the Day When you’re communicating with the person in charge of appointments, see if you can request the first or last appointment…

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Off-Leash Dog Park Etiquette

The dog park is a happy place for people and pets alike—canines get physical and mental stimulation, socialization opportunities and the chance to make new friends, while humans get to tire their dogs out and interact with other dog owners. But along with all the positive things, there can be some downsides. An uncouth hound can ruin a beautiful day at the dog park and can cause embarrassment or even physical injury to others depending on their antics. To avoid having your dog be “that dog,” pay attention to these tips below for dog park success. Be in Control Make…

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Fireworks Are Coming Soon. Help Your Best Friend Stay Calm.

Many of our pets don’t enjoy loud noises, but some suffer from noise aversion and are downright terrified of any kind of commotion. If your pet trembles, furrows their brow or clings to you when they hear loud noises, they likely suffer from noise aversion. Plan on keeping pets inside during the week of Canada Day. When you expect fireworks, give pets comfy places to hide, and play calming music or white noise to help distract them. Now is also as good a time as any to get your pet microchipped or update your information if it is old—pets often…

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Summer Hazards for Horses

Summer is finally here, and while this can be a great time to ride your horse, the heat can potentially be dangerous for these magnificent creatures. High temperature hazards can include dehydration, lethargy and general malaise, while extreme heat stress can cause colic and diarrhea. To ensure you and your four-hoofed companion have the best, safest summer, here are some tips to help keep your horse cool and healthy during the sweltering season. Provide Plenty of Shade and Cool If your horse primarily lives outdoors or spends significant time outside during the day, please provide them with ample relief from…

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Safety Tips for Outdoor Cats

Some cats prefer to hang out inside all day, while others need to spend time outdoors just to get their exercise and stimulation. While it would be ideal for health and safety reasons to keep your feline friend inside at all times, this sometimes isn’t realistic. With that being said, here are some safety tips we have compiled for those kitty cats who prefer the great outdoors. Microchipping Unlike collars and tags, microchips cannot fall off and get lost. They serve as permanent identification for a pet’s entire life. Plus, microchipping a pet is very simple. A veterinary technician injects…

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Is Your Pet’s Food A Heartbreaker?

If you feed your pet a grain-free diet, home-cooked meals or food with exotic and atypical ingredients, you may want to reconsider. Veterinary cardiologists, nutritionists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are currently investigating a possible link between those types of diets and the development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. DCM can result in abnormal heart rhythms, congestive heart failure and even sudden death. Initially it was thought that those diets might be responsible for a deficiency in taurine, an amino acid essential to heart health in pets. However, most of the pets who have been diagnosed with…

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Do Later Snips Save the Hips?

Controlling the homeless pet population is important to our communities, and at Prairie Animal Health Centre we believe it’s vital to prevent unwanted litters of puppies. However, a growing body of evidence points to some potential health risks of sterilizing your pet too early, especially for larger breed dogs. Two different studies—one at the conducted at the Cornell University College of Veterinary medicine and another at the University of California-Davis—showed that large breed dogs who were spayed and neutered before 12 months of age had an increased risk of hip dysplasia, and an elevated incidence of cranial cruciate ligament (ACL/knee)…

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Ways to Beat the Bloat

You probably know Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) better by its common name: bloat. It’s a life-threatening emergency in larger dogs resulting from excess gas in the stomach, which causes it to twist upon itself. It’s most common in large-breed, deep chested dogs. But there is something that can be done to prevent it in high-risk pets—gastropexy. This surgical procedure involves surgically attaching the stomach to the wall of the dog’s body, preventing the “twisting” part of GDV. Often when bloat occurs it takes a while for owners to realize their pet is in distress, and this condition becomes fatal…

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Travel Prep for Pets

Got travel plans with your pet? If your itinerary is taking both of you outside Saskatchewan, it’s a good idea to make sure your animal companion is covered for diseases we don’t normally vaccinate for. Heartworm: This potentially fatal, mosquito-borne parasite is present in southern Ontario, southern Quebec, Okanagan in British Columbia and almost every state in the U.S.—particularly in the summer months when mosquitoes are most active. It’s especially prevalent in the southeastern part of the US, and if your travel plans include those regions, you’ll want to get your pet on heartworm preventive well before you depart. Canine…

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