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News Category: Tip Tuesday

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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It’s still cold outside: Ensure your dog is safe and warm this winter

February 1, 2017

 Baby, it’s still cold outside. There’s still snow on the ground in many parts of the province, and as winter lasts through February, the potential of more to come. That’s why it’s still important to think of your furry family member during the winter months, especially when you bring him outside, says BC SPCA manager …

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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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Considering giving a pet as a gift? Make sure they want the animal you give

December 1, 2016

Giving a pet as a present may seem like a great idea this holiday season, but it’s important to make sure the person receiving the gift is ready for, and wants, the pet you plan to give. “It’s really important to make sure the person has the time for them, and to make sure the …

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How to recognize a reputable breeder: Choosing a pet wisely

August 30, 2016

Adding a new, furry companion to your family is a big decision and commitment. While the BC SPCA encourages pet guardians to adopt animals from BC SPCA shelters or other rescue organizations, the society recognizes British Columbians often buy animals from breeders. If you are purchasing a pet from a breeder, there are several ways …

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