Some Interesting Facts


Feline Urinary Problems

Urinary tract infections are very rare in cats, especially males, and those under five years of age. The most common reason that young cats urinate around the house is a condition known as Idiopathic Cystitis. This condition is poorly understood, but many strategies and treatments are available to manage it.


Bad Breath

Pets with bad breath often have severe build-up of tartar and/or gum disease (gingivitis). Just like people, pets need dental cleanings on a routine basis. Brushing can help prevent build-up of tartar, but if tartar is already present then ultrasonic scaling (with the pet under anesthetic) will be necessary. Your pet only has one set of teeth; make sure you talk to your vet about the best way to keep Fido and Felix smiling!


Itchy Pets

Allergies to food or the environment (eg. dust, pollen, etc.) are VERY common in pets. Common symptoms of food allergies in dogs can include itchy skin (ears, bum, face, feet, groin) and/or gastrointestinal upset. Usually these symptoms are non-seasonal (occur all year). Food allergies in cats most often results in severe itching, redness, and crusts of the face/neck. Environmental allergies, even more common than a food allergy, can have very similar symptoms, with most dogs presenting with itchy feet and ears, or generalized pruritus. Determining the specific cause of your pets itching can be a complicated process. Your veterinarian can answer all your questions about available tests and treatments


Pets that Travel

If travelling with your pet to the USA, you will require an up-to-date vaccine certificate or other proof of rabies vaccination status. If travelling with your pet, it is best to CONTACT YOUR VETERINARIAN at least 2-4 weeks ahead of time, so that protection against heartworm and other infectious diseases can be provided if necessary


Household Poisions

Most people know that chocolate and antifreeze are dangerous to pets, but did you know that:

Zinc – found in pennies of certain years – if consumed can cause destruction to red blood cells.

Onions, both raw and cooked (beware of leftover Chinese food especially) also can cause red blood cell destruction if consumed by pets.

Easter Lilies are toxic to cats.

Overheating a Teflon frying pan could release gasses toxic to birds.

Grapes and raisins, even in small quantities, can cause kidney failure in pets.


Red Eyes

Nearly every disease of the eyes results in redness. If your pet has red or sore looking eyes, be sure to have them checked out by your veterinarian. Telling the difference between harmless irritations of the eye’s lining and severe disease such as glaucoma or uveitis is often dependent on careful examination and testing. Some eye diseases can progress rapidly, and are more effectively treated if caught early.