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Why senior animals make great pets

May 22, 2019

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

May 9, 2019

As temperatures rise across the province members of the public become increasingly concerned about pets being left in hot cars. The BC SPCA received hundreds of calls to rescue pets from hot vehicles in 2018 and is preparing for another busy summer. Owners and caretakers may believe they’re doing their furry friend a favour when …

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Emergency pet preparedness is key when seconds count

May 7, 2019

May 11 is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day and the BC SPCA is encouraging pet guardians to plan for their furry family members in the event of an emergency, such as wildfires, a flood or an earthquake. Download our Emergency Checklist » “People don’t necessarily think about their pet in an emergency situation until it’s …

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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 14, 2019

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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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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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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