Tick Preventives are Hard at Work This Season!

Check out this tick that we removed from a canine patient yesterday.

It was so atypical of the ticks that we normally find in the Brampton and Caledon area, that at first, we weren’t even sure if it was a tick! The body is definitely shaped like a tick, but when we tried to remove it, it fell right off – it seemed more like the empty shell of a seed? Under the microscope, it looked like it had legs but they were curled up underneath it rather than extended out to the sides as we usually see. After discussing this with the owner of the dog, we decided not send the “shell” to the lab forย an ectoparasite identification, since we didn’t believe it really was a tick.

However, upon our own further investigation, we realized it truly was a tick! The patient it was removed from is be treated with a chewable flea and tick preventive called Nexgard. This means that the American Dog Tick that attempted to feed on this dog was killed when it ingested the medication. What we found was the body in a decaying state, which is why it seemed more like a seed shell.

It is always a great feeling when we are able to witness the products we recommend doing their jobs so efficiently and protecting our patients! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Best job ever :)

It’s kitten season in Brampton, ON. and we have been seeing lots of kittens coming in from the Brampton Animal Shelter. Be sure to take a look on their website or pop on in to them to adopt you’re next fur-ever friend ๐Ÿ™‚

Goat Yoga!

Goat Yoga!

Yep, you read that correctly! Goat yoga is actually a thing now, and it is trending all over social media. The goat yoga phenomenon started at a farm in Oregon last summer and has grown exponentially in popularity since then. It has even now made its way North of the border to us here in Canada.

So, what is goat yoga exactly?

Well, it is basically what it sounds like. A nice, relaxing yoga class, but with goats. They mill about during the class, chew on mats, snuggle up to or jump on participants – all those good things that you expect goats to do! It is certainly a unique experience, that’s for sure.

While the entire goat yoga “movement” can seem a bit far-fetched, it is a well-known fact that having animals around can help relax people and even lower blood pressure. So maybe the goat yoga enthusiasts are onto something after-all? At the very least, an hour of playing with and watching frolicking goats would have to be delightfully entertaining.

I have to admit, I would definitely sign up for a goat yoga class, purely out of curiosity. I am in no way, shape or form a “yogi,” but the idea of a yoga class with goats sounds like a lot of fun. A quick google search shows that at this time, there are classes offered within a few hours of Brampton, so maybe one day!

Would you ever (or have you ever) attended a goat yoga class? What do you think about the goat yoga trend?

Please let us know your thoughts in the comments and, of course…

Namaste ๐Ÿ™‚