Monthly Archives: April 2016

How old is my dog in human years?

It has always been commonly believed that each year of a dog’s life is equivalent to seven in human years. However, this isn’t exactly accurate, since a one-year-old dog can give birth, whereas a seven-year-old child cannot. And how would you explain the world’s oldest living dog on record making it to 29? (That […]

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Encouraging your pet to drink more water

About 60% to 80% of your pet’s body is made up of water. It dissolves substances—like food—and carries nutrients through the body. Almost all of the processes and chemical reactions that keep the body running, including digestion and circulation, rely on water. Water helps the body to filter out waste, and it regulates body […]

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When should I spay/neuter my pet? At what age?

Small Dogs (adult weight anticipated to be less than 23kg / 50lbs) should be neutered between 6 to 12 months of age. Large Dogs (adult weight anticipated to be more than 23 kg / 50lbs) should be neutered between 12 to 18 months of age.

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Will neutering my pet before six months of age be detrimental to their health?

Maybe. There is a growing body of evidence that refutes the commonly held notion that neutering prepubescent animals is harmless. We now know that neutered animals have reduced metabolic rates, delayed growth plate closure, and their bodies select fat over muscle mass when compared to intact (non-neutered) animals. We know that estrogen responsive urinary […]

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Why should I insure my pet?

We do not want any pet to face euthanasia, a compromised quality of life, or even death resulting from an illness or injury simply because of the cost of veterinary care, and we believe pet health insurance is an excellent way to prevent that from happening.

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When should I buy pet insurance?

Just as health insurance rates are lower for younger and healthier humans, the same applies for your pet. If you wait to buy pet insurance until your pet is older and/or has a pre-existing condition, coverage may not be available at all, or, if it is, it will usually be at higher rates.

As with […]

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My cat never goes outside, so why should I take her to the vet?

It is true that by keeping your cat indoors you are preventing all sorts of potential health problems. She will not have any injuries from wildlife, other cats or cars, not to mention a number of infectious diseases. Keep in mind however that millions of housecats die every year from serious ailments that ‘being […]

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How can I tell if my cat is in pain?

Cats often disguise the fact they are in pain. That may be because in the wild, cats that appear sick or injured are vulnerable to predators. You are in the best position to look for the subtle changes in behavior that may indicate your pet is suffering. It is important to stay alert to […]

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If i sense my cat is in pain, can I use painkillers like Aspirin of Tylenol that I have around the house?

No! Always contact your veterinarian before you give a pain medication to your pet. Common human pain medicines can be harmful and sometimes fatal to animals. For example, aspirin can cause stomach bleeding in dogs, and Tylenol can kill cats.

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How will my pet heal if we give her a painkiller? She’ll run around like normal. Wouldn’t it be better for her to just lie in bed and get well?

Your pet will heal better and faster if her pain is under control. If you’re concerned about her activity, you might consider confining her in a crate, cage or small room until she gets better. If it does not get better, call or visit Delton Veterinary Hospital.

Would it be okay for me to increase […]

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