Ontario pets and people are at risk

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Since December 2015, rabies has been frequently making the headlines. In fact, so far this year alone, there have been more than 150 confirmed rabies cases in Ontario. To put this into perspective, 2 years ago there were only 18 confirmed cases all year in Ontario! And while this rabies has mainly been in wildlife, in August, a stray cat that bit a Hamilton man was confirmed to be positive for rabies!

Over 150 confirmed cases in Ontario so far this year

The risk of rabies is real and it is scary. Rabies is a virus that is transmitted through contact with saliva of an infected animal – this can be through a bite, scratch, open wound or direct saliva contact in the mouth, nose or eyes.

Rabies is responsible for 59,000 human lives yearly, worldwide

Rabies is almost always fatal – even in humans! In fact, so far there is believed to be only one case where a human survived rabies without receiving preventative vaccines. Rabies causes about 59,000 deaths each year, mainly in developing countries. Here in Canada, we are very fortunate to have access to vaccinations to help reduce the risk of this deadly disease. In fact, pet owners are legally required to ensure all pets over three months of age are vaccinated against rabies and these vaccinations are to be kept up to date.

“I only have indoor cats”

“But my cat never leaves the house”. Even bats can transmit rabies. Just recently, a bat tested positive for rabies after biting a man in Woodstock. Bats can enter homes and apartments through small cracks and can infect animals in their own house. As well, an open window or door can allow an indoor cat to sneak outdoors and be at risk.

Please protect yourself and your pets! Keep pets a safe distance away from wild animals as well as stray animals, and ensure their vaccinations are up to date. Anyone bitten, scratched or had contact with the saliva of an animal should immediately wash the area with soap and water and seek medical attention.

Rabies is a preventable disease and vaccination protects not only your pets from infection, but also protects you and your family!

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Farley Month – Mark your calendars!

Hi everyone. We just wanted to let you know about some exciting things we have going on during the month of October.

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October is the month that animal hospitals across the province raise money for the Farley Foundation. The Farley Foundation was started by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association in 2002 , to help

  •  seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
  • persons with disabilities who receive the Ontario Disability Support Payment (ODSP) or the Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPP) Benefit
  • women at risk of abuse participating in OVMA’s SafePet Program
  • individuals receiving financial assistance through Ontario Works
  • pets that are owned by senior care facilities (including supportive housing, retirement homes or long-term care homes)

It provides funding for non-elective and emergency procedures that these pet owners could otherwise not afford.

Donations of any amount will be graciously received at any of these events and all month for the Farley Foundation.

Monday, October 3rd we are having a Teddy Bear Clinic. From 3:30pm to 7:30pm, bring your child/children in with their stuffed animal. Have them dress up like a doctor and then have their ‘stuffy’ examined by Dr. Jessica. They may even have a leg bandaged, a hole sewn up or a button added as an eye or nose.

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Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Oct. 7th from 1pm until 7pm and on Saturday, Oct. 8th from 8am to 1pm, we will be hosting our very own bake sale. All of our staff is pitching in and making desserts such as, apple pies, pumpkin pies, cakes, muffins, loaves and much, much more. Come on by and pick up some desserts for your Thanksgiving weekend. Your guests don’t even need to know you didn’t do the baking. Lol

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Wednesday, October 19th we will be hosting a nail trimming evening from 4pm – 7:30pm. Bring your pet by, yes, pets only, and one of our staff members will trim their nails.

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Halloween evening is dress-up night. Well, actually, the whole month is 🙂 Bring your pet in their Halloween costume at any time this month. Photos will be taken and posted to Facebook where your family, friends and fellow clients can vote for the best costume. Prizes will be awarded at the end of voting.

 

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We will also be having raffles, a colouring contest for the kids and much more.

We hope you can come on by for some of these great events and donations to the Farley Foundation are greatly appreciated.

We are located at Snelgrove Veterinary Services, 11526 Hurontario St. Brampton, ON. Feel free to give us a call for more information at 905-846-3316

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Breed Spotlight; Great Dane

 

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Gentle Giant, Apollo of Dogs, German Mastiff, Scooby Doo are all some of the terms used to describe the Great Dane.

 

They are a large and noble breed of dog that was originally bred to hunt wild boars. Throughout the years, the ferociousness to be able to track wild animals has been bred out of the Great Dane and the Mastiff features have become more refined. This breed typically stands at 30-34” at the shoulders and weigh in between 100-200lbs. They have an athletic muscular body, with a large, narrow head and a long graceful neck. They are sweet, affectionate companions with lap dog tendencies. In fact they see no reason why they can’t hop up on the couch and drape themselves over you!

Great Danes require a fair bit of space in the house just to move around. Due to their size, there is little that is sacred. Anything on the kitchen counters or dining room table are fair game. And let’s not forget their long whip like tail…yes it could clear a coffee table in 30 seconds flat! For those of you that like nice clean walls and floors (and ceilings) this is not likely the breed for you. These guys drool and slobber like the best of them and when they shake their heads…take cover!!!! But despite all this, they are loving, affectionate dogs and they worm their way into your heart in no time at all.

Because of their large size, they have a relatively short life span of 7-9 years. They take up a huge space in your heart for a short amount of time.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Suzanne McQueen