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General Health Inquiries

Arthritis

Here is a good video overview of arthritis in pets:

Blindness (support and tips for living with a blind pet)


ENDOCRINE DISEASES

Cushings

  • Vetoryl (the ideal medication for treating pituitary dependent hyperadrenocorticism)

Here is a good overview of what Cushings is:

Diabetes Mellitus

Here is a good video demonstrating how to give a dog an injection.

3 key points not mentioned in this video:

  1. Make sure your pet has eaten just before giving the injection.
  2. Insert the needle with the bevel facing up.
  3. As you become more comfortable giving the injections, vary the location to reduce the formation of scar tissue which could otherwise interfere with absorption of the insulin. For simplicity, give the morning dose on one side of the body and the evening dose on the other, and work your way from neck area to lower back from then beginning of the week to the end of the week. 


ORGAN DISEASES

Kidney Disease

Here is a good 5 minute video to help you understand kidney disease:

Here is a good video on how to get comfortable giving your cat fluids at home.

3 little details to remember:

  1. Warm the fluids to body temperature.
  2. Insert the needle with the bevel facing up.
  3. Do this at a time when both your and the cat are relaxed. 


INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Pet Disease Report (showing the location of cases of Lyme, heartworm, leptospirosis, anaplasmosis & Ehrlichiosis throughout Canada)

Canine Vector-Borne Disease Map (showing the location of cases of Lyme, heartworm, anaplasmosis & Ehrlichiosis throughout North America)

Worms and Germs Map (showing the location of cases of many infectious diseases including Lyme, heartworm, leptospirosis, parvovirus, distemper, rabies, fox tapeworm, lungworm, blastomycosis and plague throughout the world)

Lyme

Rabies

From Public Health Services, here's an animated video from the perspective of the rabies virus where the viewer will learn what rabies is, how it can spread and steps you can take to protect your family and pets.

In 2017, the animals in Ontario that were most likely to have rabies were:

#1 Raccoons (over 68 cases)

#2 Skunks (over 29 cases)

#3 Bats (over 15 cases)

#4 Cows (over 4 cases)

# 5 Red foxes and cats (at least 1 case of each)

 

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