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The dangers of marijuana and dogs

A happy golden retriever smiling while being walked on a leash on a pavement sidewalk
April 20, 2021

Spring is here, the sun has returned, and many of us are taking our four-legged friends to neighbourhood parks more often. An increasing concern for pet guardians heading outdoors with their pets is the dangers of marijuana butts left on sidewalks and in dog parks.    After her six-year-old cocker spaniel Joey became sick multiple times after picking up and eating joint butts off the ground,  Kelowna-area resident Shelley Wood says she keeps a vigilant watch on her pet when out in public spaces.   “On two …

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Common pet allergies

April 16, 2021

Just like humans, your pet can suffer from allergies.    Pet allergies typically come in two forms – food allergies and environmental allergies, with the latter being more common. Because different types of pet allergies share similar symptoms, it’s best to seek advice from your veterinarian to determine what’s affecting your pet and the best treatment options.  Environmental allergies  Just like people, many pets do not react …

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Tick-tock: No time like the present to check your pet for ticks

Husky dog walking off leash on a forest trail with a woman
April 10, 2021

As the Spring weather gets warmer, more and more people are enjoying walks and hikes with their pets. But BC SPCA senior manager of animal health, Dr. Emilia Gordon, cautions pet guardians that there may be some pesky parasites, such as ticks and fleas, lurking outdoors this time of year. “While not all ticks carry …

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Fun ways to exercise your dog for Canine Fitness Month

dog running on beach
April 9, 2021

April is Canine Fitness Month. Too many delicious treats and a sedentary lifestyle can cause health problems for our dogs, including obesity, sore joints, difficulty breathing, in addition to having a higher risk for cancer, canine diabetes and other diseases. That’s why it’s so important to keep your dog healthy with regular exercise. Canine Fitness …

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Dog training shows – what can we learn from TV dog trainers?

sad dog
March 4, 2021

As new dog training shows hit the list of Netflix new releases and other media, dog lovers need to ask themselves a question: Do you believe everything that’s shown on TV? TV shows have the power to influence how dog guardians view their dog’s behaviour and what training method they will use to solve problem …

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