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Grapes and Toxicity to Dogs

Can Dogs Eat Grapes? Grape and raisin (dried grapes) toxicity is well documented in dogs.* Although the exact substance that causes the toxic reaction is not yet known, dogs should not eat grapes and raisins because even small amounts can prove to be fatally toxic for a dog. Dogs of any age, breed, or gender may be…

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Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs

Xylitol Toxicity in Dogs There are certain sugar-free gums, candies, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and baked goods which contain xylitol, a 5-carbon sugar alcohol used as a sweetener. When ingested by dogs, xylitol may cause vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures, and in severe cases, liver failure. This naturally-occurring sugar substitute is also available as a granulated powder for cooking and…

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Pet’s First Aid Kit

What You Should Have in Your Pet’s First-Aid Kit Learn what supplies you’ll need to keep your cat, dog, or other pet safe and healthy Everyone who shares a home with a pet should have a basic pet first-aid kit on hand. Keep your pet’s first-aid kit in your home and take it with you…

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Heatstroke and Dogs in the Okanagan

Heatstroke and dogs in the Okanagan During the summer in the Okanagan we do see dogs with heatstroke. If you notice signs of your dog overheating such as heavy panting, restlessness, excessive drooling, bright red gums, respiratory difficulties, disorientation or collapse. Take immediate action to reduce his temperature, and get him to a veterinarian. When…

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Poisonous Mushrooms and Dogs

Mushroom poisoning in dogs is always underestimated. Mushroom species can be difficult and sometimes nearly impossible for even mushroom experts (called mycologists) to identify. That difficulty is compounded by the fact that little is known about the potential toxicity of many species. Mushrooms reported as edible in Europe have been associated with toxicity cases in…

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Canada Day Safety For Your Pet

There is always so much fun to be had on Canada Day, but sometimes our pets don’t share the same excitement for certain Canada Day festivities.   Here are some tips to keep your pets safe and happy this weekend.   1. Beat the heat Most of the day is spent outdoors enjoying the sunshine. However,…

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Why does my cat need dental care?

Why does my cat need dental care? For the same reasons that we do! Cats can get dental problems that can be very painful and lead to a decline in their overall health. In the past, our role as veterinarians was really only to intervene when the problems in our feline patients became so serious…

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It

Some people often have the wrong attitude about pet insurance. For example, it’s not uncommon for someone to say they would rather just open up a savings account to pay their veterinary expenses rather than “waste” money on pet insurance. Pet Insurance Tips:  People buy insurance of any kind to help them pay for large,…

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PennHIP Procedure, Central Animal Hospital, Vernon, British Columbia

Did you know that we are now certified to perform PennHip Procedures here at Central Animal Hospital? Dr. Autumn Pulfer is now certified in PennHip procedures. Hip dysplasia remains the most common heritable orthopedic condition seen in veterinary practice.  Hip dysplasia is a laxity or looseness in the hip joints which over time leads to…

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