Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Holidays

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We will be closed for a few days through the Christmas holidays to spend time with our families. In case of an emergency please have these numbers handy;

Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Brampton is located at Unit 10, 1 Wexford Road, Wexford Square Plaza, the corner of Wexford and Hurontario Street (Hwy 10). North of Bovaird Drive on the east side

905-495-9907

Pet Poison Hotline – 24 hour access

855-764-7661

Mississauga/Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital located at 2285 Bristol Circle, Oakville (Dundas and Hwy 403)

905-829-9444

We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday 🙂

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Foods To Share With Fido!

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With Christmas just around the corner, here are 5 suggestions if you feel the need to share

We’ve all heard about the human foods we should not be sharing with our canine companions: chocolate, avocado, grapes/raisins, onions… The list goes on and on. For your dog, these and many other foods can be dangerous or even toxic! But what about foods that you actually can share with your dog? Naturally, a veterinarian recommended diet is always the best option for your pet, but if you really want to share a special treat with your dog once in a while, here are our top 5 picks:

Carrots

Carrots are a fun, crunchy choice for your furry friend. They are an easy treat to prepare (just wash them!) as well as being low in calories and high in fiber.

Cooked Chicken

Chicken is a fantastic source of protein for your dog. Just be sure that it is thoroughly cooked and free of any bones. Raw meat can play host to all kinds of bacteria (including salmonella and e. coli) and chicken bones can actually splinter when chewed, which could result in a laceration or blockage within the digestive system.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is extremely palatable for your pup! It’s a great treat because it is full of nutrients. Just be careful to give it in small doses – peanut butter is also very high in calories.

Cheese

Cheese is another popular choice among dog owners. It is a great source of calcium and protein. Just be careful – some dogs can be lactose intolerant, and cheese could also hinder the absorption of some medications if they are given simultaneously. And again, keep portions small, cheese is also one of those high calorie choices!

Rice

Rice may not be the most exciting thing to give your dog, but it certainly has its benefits. Plain boiled rice is a very easily digestible carbohydrate, so it is often recommended when your dog is having tummy troubles. It can also provide a good source of energy for older dogs.

So, there you have it – our top 5 suggestions for human foods that you can share with your canine. Remember that moderation is key when it comes to treats. We don’t want to end up with an overweight, unhealthy pet! Extra food should be in addition to a balanced diet, and shouldn’t make up any more than about 25% of your dog’s daily food allowance. You should also be mindful of where and when you give treats. Tossing your pet a morsel off of your plate while seated at the dinner table will only encourage begging, and nobody wants that! Feed treats away from the table and only if your pet is eating his regular food on a consistent basis.

Bon Appétit!

– Kait.

Breed Spotlight; The Catahoula Leopard Dog

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The Cattawhatta?
That’s the general response I get when people ask me what breed my dog is.

This gorgeous dog is not a breed for the faint of heart, the soft-hearted or the tender person.   She needs dominance. She’s tough.   She’s stubborn, hard-headed and aggressive. She’s also loving, loyal and playful. Of my varied experience with raising puppies, she has by far, been the most difficult to train.

 

The Catahoula Leopard dog is a southern states breed, and is the state dog of Louisiana. Bred as a working dog, they are highly intelligent and energetic. When my girl runs, she flies. When she sees animals wandering loose, she herds. These are not things I taught her, she knows to do them all on her own. They need monstrous amounts of exercise to be kept happy and love to run free. They have webbed feet and love to swim as well.

 

When properly socialized as a puppy, they play well with others and do great with children. If not properly socialized, aggressiveness sets in. Abby is a fierce protector. She has decided that my god-daughter is hers and will protect her with every fiber of her being. Sometimes Abby will only let people she knows near her, because she’s decided the child is hers to protect.   It is cute, but it is scary sometimes too. On the other hand, she does very well with other dogs, most of the time. She plays to their size. If they are small, she’ll lie down and let them climb all over her. If they are large and shy, she’ll entice them into play. If they are large and tough, she plays tough with them. She just seems to know.

 

The breed ranges in sizes, colours, and coats. There are various lines throughout the years that my Catahoula may look nothing like your Catahoula. They are recognized by the United Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club but not the Canadian Kennel Club.

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This breed is prone to deafness. A Catahoula that is mostly white has over an 80% chance of being deaf in one or both ears. The breed is also prone to hip dysplasia, an abnormal formation of the hip socket, that can be very painful, almost crippling.

 

To end this blog, again, I have to state that this breed is not for the first timer, the soft hearted, or faint of heart. The Catahoula is a strong, aggressive, stubborn breed that needs a dominant person to keep them in line.

abby3 Thanks for reading, Melanie

4 Super-Simple Tips to Keep your Pet Healthy

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  1. Yearly examinations by a veterinarian can help diagnose and even prevent certain medical conditions.
  2. Remember, the mouth is the gateway to our entire bodies. Healthy, clean teeth are imperative to healthy organs. brushing your pets teeth daily, dental diets and dental supplements can help maintain their oral health.
  3. Good food. Although everybody has a different philosophy on what makes a healthy diet, be sure you are feeding your pet an age appropriate, good quality diet. You can ask any of our staff members to make a recommendation for you.
  4. Regular exercise helps keep a healthy weight and positive mind. Walks and daily games with your pet are the best way to spend quality time with your pet and keep them fit.

These simple tips can help your pet live a long healthy life 🙂