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News Category: Pet care, behaviour, prevention and education

BC SPCA urges Comox and Courtenay residents to get cats fixed for free before program ends

April 24, 2018

In early March, a thin looking, pregnant cat was found hanging around an apartment complex in Courtenay. A Good Samaritan took the cat in for the night and that same evening the cat had her kittens. The following day, they were brought to the SPCA and the cat was able to receive the medical care …

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Found some kittens? Here is what you should do

Kittens black and white
April 24, 2018

Got kittens? It’s kitten season in British Columbia, and while the tiny furballs can be unbelievably adorable, there’s more to consider than the cuteness factor if you find some on their own. “Spring through early fall is kitten season, since cats are seasonal breeders,” says veterinarian and BC SPCA senior manager of animal health Dr. …

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Update: Rabbit hemorrhagic disease outbreak

Rabbit BC SPCA
April 17, 2018

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) has now been confirmed in Nanaimo, Comox, Courtenay, Parksville, Richmond, and on Annacis Island. The BC SPCA has temporarily suspended intake of rabbits into all Island and Lower Mainland shelters and placed visitor restrictions on these branches. We are currently in the process of vaccinating all shelter and foster rabbits in …

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It takes a village: BC SPCA celebrates its dedicated volunteers

March 31, 2018

When the BC SPCA is mentioned, people often think of puppies and kittens, or adoptable animals. What they may not think about are the nearly 5,500 volunteers across the province who help the society carry out its life-saving work helping the province’s most vulnerable animals, every day. While dog walkers and cat care attendants are …

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Make meeting new people positive for your puppy

Cute puppy dog being held by person with paws over arm
March 31, 2018

When you’re a small puppy in a big world, a lot of things can be scary – especially when you’re experiencing them for the first time. That’s why it’s important to reward your puppy when she experiences new things, like meeting new people when out walking. “When someone is approaching, it can be scary for …

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Keeping your kitty happy: How cat enrichment helps felines stay healthy

Cute cat reaching up paw playing from bed
March 28, 2018

Cats are fantastic furry family members, but indoor cats can suffer from depression and frustration, and become lethargic if their environment does not provide enough stimulation. Cat-friendly furniture, such as bookshelves with steps specifically designed for cats or tables and couches with tunnels and openings cats can explore, is available and trendy, but can be …

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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
March 22, 2018

It’s never too early to check your pet for ticks. After spending some time in the forest, BC SPCA manager of policy and outreach Amy Morris found three ticks on her dog, Clover. That was just last week. “I couldn’t believe I found three on her in such a short timeframe – spring has barely …

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