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Senior Cat CareBy Lorie Huston, DVM

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that a senior cat has needs that are different than those of a young cat. But how do you know when your cat is a senior?

Generally, cats over 7-10 years of age should be considered seniors. With increasing age, changes in the body occur as well. For instance, in one study, roughly 90% of cats over the age of 12 years were noted to have radiographic evidence of arthritis. Needless to say, with arthritis comes pain and mobility issues. If your older cat has become less active and is now reluctant to jump on counters and other areas that he used...

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Veterinarian - GIVH

Dr. Janet Adam, a veterinarian from Granville Island Veterinary Hospital, with Thomas, a 10 week old Bernese Mountain Dog puppy owned by Heidi McIvor.

September 28, 2015

2015 Paws for a Cause in BCThis September and October* put your best paw forward and walk with animal-lovers across B.C. to help fight animal cruelty. Raise much needed funds and awareness to help the more than 45,000 animals in distress and in need of our services each year. Every dollar raised will help us rescue and care for abused, injured and abandoned animals, and work to prevent cruelty before it occurs.

The Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause is one...

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Better-Never-Bitten -  Dog Bite Prevention TipsThis week ( April 9-15) is Natioanl Dog Bite Prevention Week and please take a moment to read through this pamphlet to learn how to simple clues to help keep yourself, your kids and your pooch safe. Take this opportunity to learn...

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The Granville Island Veterinary Hospital is the official clinic for Vancouver police dogs and the vets here bring the same level of professional and quality care to all their animals. With five vets on staff, the clinic is a highly collaborative environment that can address a wide range of animals and issues. We also keep longer, more convenient hours than many other animal hospitals, so you can book appointments that fit in with your busy schedule. 

Pets Emergencies 13 animal emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary consultation and/or care

  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn't stop...
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Holiday Pet Safety Tips from BCSPCA’Tis the season in B.C., and as British Columbians gear up to celebrate, the BC SPCA is reminding pet guardians that the holidays – and the colder weather – can be hazardous for pets.
Holiday pet safety tips include:

  • Bones are Bad: Avoid giving bones to your dogs or cats, particularly turkey bones. Poultry bones easily splinter and can cause serious injury, while bone fragments can cause intestinal blockages or lacerations.
  • Thoughtful Treats:...
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Springer spaniel PoppyNutraceuticals Can Help Manage your Pet’s Behavioural Problems

For pets undergoing treatment for moderate-to-severe behavioural problems, training alone is rarely enough to resolve an issue. It is a neurological fact that highly stressed animals cannot learn and respond to therapy as effectively as calmer, more rationally thinking pets.

And so, products that help to reduce anxiety and calm pets down are often essential in helping dogs and cats progress through their therapy at a reasonable rate.

For owners who are reluctant to give...

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Warrior Dog LeeLo - Therapy dog for Type 1 DiabetesKyle Cochran is a 26 year-old insulin pump sales specialist in San Diego, California. At least, that’s his day job. When he is not working, he is working out in preparation for the chance to be the first American Ninja Warrior Champion.

Kyle Cochran is no usual contestant, however. He has Type 1 Diabetes, but he is conquering it with a little help from his service dog, Leeloo.

From Hunted…

A woman found Leeloo, a Lab-Whippet mix, running from a pack of coyotes in the foothills behind her house in Northern California. The...

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Top 12 Tips for Finding a Good VetAnimal medicine in Canada is performed by some 6,600 veterinarians, professionals who must pass stringent university entrance requirements and complete six years of education. So how do you find the best caregiver for your pet? Here’s what the experts say:

1. Word of Mouth
Referrals from friends and acquaintances are the best way to find a vet. Ask specific questions to those giving referrals: How long has your pet been seeing this vet? What were the health problems and how were they treated? What were the costs?

“If your...

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