Local column finds global audience

It’s been about 10 years since I wrote my first column for our Beach Metro News. In that time, I have mostly offered advice and opinions on some very general and relatively safe and simple topics relating to the care of cats and dogs. In my last column, however, I wrote about a more personal […]

Veterinarians face unique pressures

I apologize in advance for the somewhat more sombre tone of this column, but this is a topic that I feel very strongly about and one that I think deserves more attention. Lately, there has been a significant amount of chatter in the veterinary profession about the types and the consequences of some of the […]

Exercise pet parasite prevention

I know that I have written about both fleas and ticks in the past, but as a veterinarian, it’s hard to think about much else at this time of year. When I first started working in this field, things were much simpler. The parasite season started in late spring and was typically considered a concern […]

Pets needs resolutions, too

Coming off some over indulgence during the holiday season and entering a new year is a time when many of us promise ourselves that we will eat better and get more exercise. While our pets are obviously not concerned with making their own resolutions, as owners it is a good time to take a look […]

Fall flare-ups common in pets

Though it likely won’t be long before this extra long and beautiful fall comes to an end, for now, at least, it still looks and feels like the harsh winter we have been told to expect will hold off a little longer. Along with being the season of stunning colours and reprieve from the heat […]

Vet costs rising – with good reason

I was asked on Facebook to explain why the cost of veterinary care had risen so much in the past five to 10 years. The person who asked stated that in her experience, the cost of some surgical procedures had more than doubled and that overall vet bills were considerably higher than they were less […]

Caring for senior pets

Like many veterinary practices, we often promote a specific area of pet health care at different times of year. This November we are planning a number of initiatives on care for senior pets. Many of the issues that can greatly affect quality of life for our senior pets really need to be kept in mind […]

Action important when pets are poisoned

My clinic, for whatever reason, has had a bit of a rash of cases involving known or suspected exposure to toxins recently, with three serious situations in the past few weeks. I thought it might be a good time to discuss two of the more common threats our pets face from toxins in their immediate […]

Foundation helps pet owners in need

What happens when a pet gets sick or injured and needs care but the pet’s owner simply does not have the financial resources to get proper medical attention? This scenario arises from time to time and is a very difficult and often saddening situation for pet owners and veterinary care teams. Veterinary care is expensive, […]