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News Category: Tip Tuesday

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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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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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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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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Lickety-split: How to teach your dog to stop licking people

March 1, 2018

Does your dog like to lick people? If so, you or others may not necessarily like the licking. You can help teach your pet what behaviours are wanted and unwanted – such as licking – with your own behaviour, says animal behaviour consultant Chirag Patel. “Your dog doesn’t understand ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – he just …

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Help make the vet as stress-free as possible for puppy

January 30, 2018

Time to take your puppy to the vet? The veterinarian’s office can be new and scary for a puppy – that’s why it’s important to help make his visits to the vet as positive as possible. “You want your puppy to feel comfortable going to the vet – it can be a scary place… we …

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Emergency pet preparedness is key when seconds count

January 24, 2018

The BC SPCA is encouraging the province’s pet guardians to remember to plan for their furry family members in the event of an emergency, such as wildfires, a flood or an earthquake. In the wake of the summer’s wildfires that ravaged much of the province, as well as a recent tsunami alert, it never hurts …

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Frustrated at not finding pet-friendly housing? BC SPCA tool kits can help

Cute tired dalmatian lying on a couch indoors with a blanket over them
January 10, 2018

It’s no secret that finding pet-friendly housing in B.C. – especially in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland – can be difficult. In 2017 alone, 1,704 animals – on average, about five pets per day – were surrendered into BC SPCA care by people who said housing issues forced them to give up their pet. “About …

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Keep your home pet-safe for the holidays

December 1, 2017

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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