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News Category: Tip Tuesday

Ask the SPCA: Dog dental health

A happy and smiling dog looking up with perked ears
February 8, 2019

A friend of mine recently complained that my dog has stinky breath! Isn’t “doggie breath” normal? That potent “doggie breath” is more than just an unpleasant odour. It can actually signify a potentially serious health problem: dental disease. Dental disease is very common – so common, in fact, that an estimated 80 per cent of …

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Muzzles: a modern perspective

Basenji dog muzzled for a run.
December 12, 2018

Muzzles are an oft-misunderstood tool for keeping your dog safe. In the past, dogs wearing muzzles were often labeled as ‘bad’ or ‘aggressive’ and were scary for some people. Today we know that pet guardians muzzle their dogs for a variety of reasons, intended to keep their animals safe and happy. What is a muzzle? …

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Indoor winter workouts for your pet

November 28, 2018

It can be a challenge to make sure your pet is getting the exercise they need to stay healthy in cooler temperatures — especially if some situations don’t allow you and your four-legged friend to go outside. “You’d be surprised at how much activity your pet can get indoors,” says Karen van Haaften, BC SPCA …

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Why senior animals make great pets

November 22, 2018

It’s common for older pets to get overlooked at shelters with kittens and puppies also hoping for their forever homes. Cats and dogs are considered “senior” or “mature” at around the age of seven. “Often what we’ll see in the shelters is these young little puppies and kittens coming in, and everybody runs to them,” …

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Keep your home pet-safe for the holidays

November 22, 2018

It’s a festive time of year for humans, but it can be a tricky time for the animals in our lives. Whether it’s décor, plants, or the hustle and bustle at home, there are certain things guardians need to be aware of when celebrating the ‘howliday’ season. “No one wants their furry family members to …

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Winter wisdom: think and thump!

Stray cat lying on the pavement cold from the snow
November 14, 2018

It’s a quick gesture drivers can do to help animals during chillier days:  think and thump before you drive. When it’s cold outside, animals like cats and wildlife will try to find warmer places to seek shelter. This could include vehicles, particularly those that are warm. “Taking a few moments to thump on the hood …

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Got the cold weather blues? Wild animals do too!

November 1, 2018

As the temperatures plummet and the wind grows icy, we sometimes wonder how we’ll ever survive until spring! The winter months pose many challenges not only for companion and farm animals, but for wildlife as well. Luckily they – just like us – have developed strategies and adaptations to help them make it through the chilly …

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Keeping your pet safe during Halloween festivities

September 19, 2018

While many people love to dress up, go trick-or-treating, or attend Halloween parties, it can be a tough time for our pets. From loud fireworks, to a non-stop ringing doorbell, along with people in costumes, the sensory overload can create panic for our furriends. Frightened animals are more likely to run away from home; jumping …

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Keep Spot from getting hot: Why it’s never cool to keep pets in a warm car

July 3, 2018

As the summer weather rolls on, so do concerns over people leaving their pets in hot cars. The BC SPCA has already received nearly 460 calls about dogs in distress in hot cars as we face province-wide heat warnings and special weather statements. Owners and caretakers may believe they’re doing their furry friend a favour …

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Plan ahead for peace of mind: BC Pet Registry helps lost pets return home

June 1, 2018

A missing pet is a guardian’s worst nightmare, as your mind reels with all the dangers your furry friend faces away from your care. That’s how retired teacher Ray Furlotte felt when his orange tabby, Lily, managed to escape their home on a cold winter day. Furlotte worried that he might never see his beloved …

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