Canine Influenza outbreak confirmed in Orillia

StefanieViral Infections

Last week, Dr. Scott Weese came up to our community to investigate an outbreak of canine influenza at a local boarding and daycare facility. The canine influenza virus affects the respiratory system of dogs, and can look just like other infectious agents that cause ‘Kennel Cough’ syndromes. For the most part, coughing is the main sign, though many dogs will … Read More

Cat Scratching Behaviour

StefanieAnimal Behaviour

Molly S.

  Cats are designed to scratch. There is no way around it. They have this elegant mechanism of hinged front claws that are tucked away until they are needed. In our conceit as their owners, we have previously adjusted their anatomy to suit our needs. Well, this unnecessary (and debilitating) surgery is no longer acceptable, so our cats and kitties … Read More

Trimming your cat’s nails


Cat’s nails grow in layers and build up over time. Your cat naturally peels off these layers by using a scratching post. We call this sharpening the nails. It is not unusual for a cat to chew at the back nails to help keep them sharp too. Sharp nails are useful for the hunting, climbing and fighting cats, but for … Read More

Trimming your dog’s nails


Nail trims are an important part of caring for your pet. Exercise on hard surfaces wears down the nails naturally, but most dogs can’t rely on this to keep their nails short enough. Long nails are not only damaging to some floor surfaces, they can be uncomfortable for your dog.

The scoop on litter boxes

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The litter box is your cat’s bathroom. While this seems like an obvious statement, it’s surprising how many owners arrange the litter and box to suit their needs rather than the cat’s. We place it out of our way, use covered boxes to keep the smell in and gravitate towards ‘smell masking or multi-cat’ litter.

Traveling with your pet


Since this is the inauguration, we might as well start at the beginning. You’ve made your first veterinary appointment for your pet. Now you have to get there.