The end of Summer!

 

Here at Snelgrove Veterinary Services in Brampton, ON. we know that the end of summer is a sad yet exciting time of year. Routine is re-instated, kids go back to school and for our pets it is a time of change.

Many pets can suffer loneliness as September begins. Being left alone for long periods of time takes its toll on their hearts. Gone are the days of playing with the kids, lolling in the sunshine and trips to the cottage to play in the water. This is the time to make the special effort to show them extra love and attention.

Walks in the morning are a great way to spend some quality time with our pets prior to going off to school and work. Yes, it means getting up extra early, but they are worth it.

Some new toys or treat-filled brain toys for dogs and continuous action toys for cats are a great way to help them spend their time. Leaving a radio on low helps make the day not be so quiet.

Making sure when we get home after a long day, to again spend some time with them. Not just rushing in the door and starting dinner or getting ready to head out to sporting practices.

For some cats and dogs, soothing pheromones can really help to keep them calm. Products like Adaptil and Feliway mimic the smell of a mother dog or cat and provide pets with an instant sense of calm. These products come in sprays wipes and even, diffusers. Similar to plug-ins that provide room wide scent.

 

Feel free to give us a call at Snelgrove Veterinary Services in Brampton, ON. at 905-846-3316  or comment below if you would like to discuss any of these ideas further or have some ideas you would like to share.

These products shown above can be found on our webstore at myvetstore.ca/snelgrovevs

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Breed Spotlight; French Bulldog

 

The French Bulldog, also known as the Frenchie, the Frog Dog or the Clown Dog was bred as a miniature English bulldog.

Originally the English bulldog was crossed with terriers and pugs to reduce their size. This developed into the mini bulldog which later became the French bulldog.

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This is a fun loving vivacious companion breed. They are well known for their ‘bat’ ears and have a small but muscular body. As a breed they love to play and have a relaxed attitude. They are known as free thinkers, which gets a lot of people into trouble, as they tend to have a stubborn nature. They thrive on human contact and become quite possessive over their humans. They are humorous and mischievous in nature which can make training a lot of fun! Because of their bulk and compromised breathing system, it is almost impossible for them to regulate their body temperature. Because of this they are very prone to heat stroke and require a home with air conditioning.

 

Most of the French bulldogs are bred through artificial insemination and birthed through cesarean section due to the narrow size of their hips. They are also prone to drooling, depending on the size of their jowls. They also offer an abundance of  flatulence, snorting and sniffling. And don’t get me started on snoring….Overall they are a lovely, fun loving compact breed of dog that is sure to put a smile on your face.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Suzanne McQueen

The Truth About Fillers & By-Products

These days I can’t stand to watch commercials on TV anymore.   I get especially frustrated when I see pet food commercials and they advertise about no fillers and no by-products, especially when most of these diets that are advertising do have what we call fillers and by-products.    This led me to write this blog.

What is a by-product? 

No, it is not hooves and nails and feathers.

“By-products” are liver, kidney, and other organs.    When a wolf kills for food in the wild, it tears open the prey and eats these organs, and they leave behind the carcass, hooves, fur, etc.  Why?  Because they know what’s important for their health.    By-products are a great source of protein and amino acids and are highly digestible.

Another “by-product” people often misunderstand is animal digest.

“Digest”, in this instance, refers to the digestive process used in production.  It’s a fantastic source of protein, and is often used to make food palatable.

What is a filler?

Corn is usually the “filler” most people are concerned about.   It’s an excellent source of carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and protein.  It is easy to digest. Corn is also rarely the cause of food allergies in pets. Corn is good.

Grains are another “filler” people don’t understand the importance of.  Grains supply energy, protein, fiber, fatty acids and other nutrients.

The body NEEDS carbohydrates!

Most cells in the body use carbohydrates as the primary source of energy, and the nervous system requires carbohydrates to support normal functions and grains are essential in providing that!

At any point, if you have any questions regarding nutrition or diet, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and talk to one of our experienced and knowledgeable staff.

 

Melanie 🙂