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News Category: Tip Tuesday

Brushing your pet’s teeth

May 31, 2017

The tooth of the matter Each year, the BC SPCA spends more than $350,000 on dental treatments and surgeries. Many animals come into BC SPCA care, some through cruelty investigations, with severely neglected mouths including rotten teeth, tartar build-up, broken teeth and gum disease, called periodontal disease. What is gum disease? By two years of …

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What to do if your pet encounters a skunk

May 31, 2017

Dog + skunk = a smelly encounter It’s common for pets, especially dogs, to encounter skunks, but sometimes that results in a spritz or a full-on soaking of an intense-smelling spray from the fluffy, black and white creatures. The spray is often centred around your pet’s facial area, where it can be more difficult to …

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‘Stand like a tree’ is key if you encounter an off-leash dog

May 1, 2017

If you or your children ever encounter an off-leash dog – even if it’s one you know from around your neighbourhood – it’s still important to be careful, especially if the dog’s guardians aren’t nearby. “If you see a dog running around off-leash, even a small dog, and you don’t know what its intentions are, …

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Greeting another dog with your puppy: Keep it positive

April 1, 2017

When you have a puppy, everything is new and exciting for her, but the world can also be a scary place for a small pup. That’s why it’s important, when you first start walking with your puppy, to try to ensure all of her experiences are positive experiences, says BC SPCA manager of animal welfare …

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How to trim your cat’s nails: Make it a ‘paws’itive experience

March 1, 2017

Sometimes, those claws get sharp! Your cat’s nails will occasionally need trimming, but it’s important to make sure the trimming experience is a good one that your feline has a positive association with, rather than a negative experience. “You might want to start by just having your cat eat his favourite food or treats with …

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Bringing a new puppy home? Setting him up for success is key

January 1, 2017

Imagine being brought into a new, big home with a ton of things to smell and explore… and to chew on. When you bring a puppy home, it’s important to remember that everything is new to him, says Kim Monteith, BC SPCA manager of animal welfare. “For your puppy, everything is new – he may …

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Keep your home pet-safe for the holidays

December 1, 2016

Do you know the five things you should keep out of your home this holiday season to help keep your pets safe? At this time of year, there are plenty of festive decorations and seasonal treats in B.C. homes, along with visiting friends and family members, and often, loud noises of celebration.   “No one …

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