Unfortunately, we have another one.

Once again, thanks to the general public, the staff at the Brampton Animal Shelter and the Hope Fund, this little kitten is getting a second lease on life. Found in the Northpark & Dixie area, this little boy was shy, starving and in need of immediate medical attention. He is now healing nicely and will be available for adoption next week.black kitten

If you feel you could give this little boy a loving home, give us a call at Snelgrove Veterinary Services in Brampton, 905-846-3316

Where does my money go?

When donating money to local charities, where does it really go?

Here is an example of where the Brampton Animal Shelter’s Hope Fund donations go;

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These two little kittens were found in the parking lot at Trinity Common shopping mall.  One with a ruptured eye and the other with an extreme congenital defect of the same eye. Due to the severity of these conditions both needed to have one eye removed. This is where the Hope Fund comes into play. Helping hundreds of stray, abandoned and abused animals yearly get the medical attention they require.

This little brother and sister will be coming up for adoption this week at our facility, Snelgrove Veterinary Services in Brampton.

So to all of you Hope Fund donors out there, thank you  so much from the very bottom of these two little kitten’s hearts 🙂

Andy`s all well now :)

Meet Andy.

Andy first came to see us as a 6 week old rescue from a Northern Ontario reserve. Vomiting and having profuse diarrhea, IFAW brought him directly to our local emergency clinic where he was diagnosed with parvovirus. He was then transferred to us where he continued his medical treatment.

Parvovirus is extremely contagious and is quite common in unvaccinated puppies. Unfortunately for many puppies, parvovirus proves fatal.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of IFAW, The Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Brampton, and our very own doctors at Snelgrove Veterinary Services, little Andy has made a full recovery and has arrived at his new forever home.

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What to do with wildlife?

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We recently had a Canada Goose brought to us with a broken leg. Unfortunately it had been hit by a car. Thanks to a quick response the goose was brought to us safely. Although it is no ones fault, except for the goose’s maybe for being on the road, these unfortunate incidents happen.

As a veterinary hospital, we are not legally allowed to treat wildlife in any way except to euthanize, if it’s condition warrants,  or stabilize until transportation to a wildlife facility. The Toronto Wildlife Centre is the place to call for most wildlife in need of medical attention for Peel District.

Unfortunately due to the high volume of baby rabbits, squirrels and raccoon’s during the spring and summer months, these animals need to be taken elsewhere. You can locate a wildlife centre at http://www.ontariowildliferescue.ca or you can still contact the Toronto Wildlife Centre for advice.IMG_3383

Luckily for us, a staff member was able to transport this goose for us to the wildlife centre. Thanks Danielle, we really appreciate it.

If you find an injured, orphaned or sick animal please contact the Toronto Wildlife Centre directly for advice at 416-631-0662. 

They also have a complete website to help answer many wildlife related questions.

We will be holding a fundraiser garage sale on Saturday June 6th from 8am – 1pm on the front lawn of our property, Snelgrove Veterinary Services, 11526 Hurontario Street, Brampton with a portion of the proceeds going to help the  Toronto Wildlife Centre and the Brampton Animal Shelter in thanks for all they do for our furry and feathered friends.

This may be one of the hardest things you’ve ever had to read.

We understand that China has a different culture than us.

We understand that they have a real problem with over-population of both dogs and cats.

What we don’t understand is deception. Nor do we think it’s right. Give us the option to choose what we want to purchase!

What we are talking about today is the fur and leather industry. China is the one of the largest fur and leather suppliers in the world but, did you know that much of it is sourced from dogs and cats? That’s right. Dogs and cats. Even faux fur is sometimes real because it’s actually cheaper for them to provide real fur instead of manufacturing synthetic fur, yet they will still label it as “faux-fur.”

Watching these videos and reading these articles will be heart-breaking, but turning a blind eye is worse.

As a clinic, we recently sat down and watched some of these videos together. With tears running down our faces, we forced ourselves not to be naive to the torture these animals endure. It forced us all to go home and look at labels on everything from purses to wallets to the trim on our coats. It made us all stop and think about our future purchases. Many of us have come in to work commenting on how we now walk by certain stores when making a trip to the mall, how our stomachs get queasy just seeing leather gloves on a shelf… It’s made us Stop and Think. And that is all we are asking you to do.

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Unfortunately when it comes to leather, there is no way to know what animal it is made from, especially in regards to products produced in China (and perhaps other countries as well).

Here are some articles showing graphic pictures, videos and horrifying statements concerning the Chinese fur and leather industry. Although there may be some honest manufacturers out there, there is no way to distinguish between the good and the bad. While these videos can be gruesome to watch, forcing yourself to do so will help you to fully understand the gravity of these occurrences.

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P.E.T.A. has also posted some ways to help you identify real fur from faux fur.

  1. Separate the fur and look at the base. Genuine fur usually protrudes from skin or leather, while faux fur generally has a mesh or threaded backing. If the backing looks like skin (which just makes it doubly gross!), don’t buy it.
  2. Look at the tips of the hairs. Real animal hairs taper to a fine point unless they have been sheared or cut. Faux fur, on the other hand, typically does not taper at the ends. So if the ends of the hairs taper to a fine point, play it safe and leave it on the rack.
  3. Do a burn test (obviously, this one’s only for things you already own). Remove a few hairs and hold them with tweezers over a nonflammable surface. Light them with a match or a lighter and let the smell do the talking. Burning animal hair smells like burning human hair. Faux fur, which is commonly made from acrylic or polyester, smells like melting plastic when burned.

This blog may seem overly controversial for a vet clinic to write, but it comes from the heart and we felt it necessary to share. Everyone has different opinions on what they feel is right or wrong. We have not written this blog today to change your choices, but to make you aware that you have a choice.

Thank you.

Antibiotic Misuse

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Among the lengthy list of medications that we dispense here at Snelgrove Vet, antibiotics have to be one of our most common. In a most basic explanation, antibiotics are a type of antimicrobial that either kill or prevent the growth of bacteria. There are many different types of antibiotics, and they treat a myriad of different types of bacteria. Seems pretty straight-forward, doesn’t it? Not so. In fact, antibiotics are likely one of the most misused medications on the market, for both animals and humans.

Why is this?

The explanation is really quite simple – we, as a society, are pretty terrible at complying with our doctor’s instructions. Either doses are missed or the course is stopped before it is complete. Hey, it happens. Maybe our lives are busy and we forget, or maybe our pet seems so much better that we don’t bother finishing those last few days.

Well, today I am here to tell you:

It is so, so, so important to follow your doctor’s instructions and complete a course of antibiotics (or any prescription medication for that matter) to the absolute letter.

I am the first to admit, I haven’t always finished my or my pet’s antibiotics when they’ve been prescribed by a doctor. That was before I knew what I know now…

I recently re-read a book called Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine by Randolph M. Nesse, M.D., and George C. Williams, Ph.D. It is a fantastic read that I was originally assigned in university, and a lot of the content has stuck with me since then (I won’t tell you how long ago “since then” was!), so when I saw it on my bookshelf  the other week I decided to pick it up again. Among some very interesting arguments, the authors describe an “arm’s race” between modern medicine and ever-evolving illness. Antibiotics are a perfect example of this. When they are misused in the ways described above, we are are basically giving the advantage to the bacteria. We are unknowingly creating antibiotic resistance which results in stronger bacteria and, in turn, less effective antibiotics. Needless to say, this is a big problem.

How can we combat this?

I am happy to say that at the public level, there are ways that we can curb antibiotic resistance. The answer is an easy one, so I am sure you can guess it! That’s right – complete any course of antibiotics prescribed in its entirety. For real, that’s all we need to do. And it is becoming easier and easier. There are apps that we can download to remind us to give our pets their medications, websites that can e-mail us reminders, or we can even go back to the cave-man days and write it out on a wall calendar, checking off each dose as we go. If your pet is a real pain to give pills to, there are also the options in some cases of giving an antibiotic injection instead, or even a flavoured liquid or paste. And remember, if you ever have a problem giving your pet any medications, we are always here to help!

Why dogs turn around before laying down

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Dogs, unlike humans, don’t just plop down in bed when they are tired.They spend lots of time preparing their bed before snuggling in for the night. Sleepy dogs turn around in circles and do kind of a dance before going to sleep. This bedtime ritual is a bit compulsive and sleep evades them until they complete their nightly dance routine.

How does circling help with survival?

Dog behaviorists believe that a dog’s need to perform the bedtime ritual of turning around in circles before lying down is inherited. Canine ancestors like wild wolves did the same thing, and domestic dogs retained this genetic predisposition. Evolutionary behaviors like this one are aimed at self-preservation and are strong influences that persist for generations in the animal kingdom.

Turning in circles before lying down is an act of self-preservation in that the dog may innately know that he needs to position himself in a certain way to ward off an attack in the wild. Some wildlife enthusiasts believe that wolves sleep with their noses to the wind so that they can quickly pick up on a threatening scent. Circling allows the wolf to determine the direction of the wind so that he can best position himself. With a quick whiff, the wolf knows that he may be in danger and is alerted for a potential attack.

Most domestic dogs are pets that sleep in our homes or in another safe, controlled environment. Even though they aren’t subject to attack by wild animals, our canine friends retained this evolutionary protective trait. So, like their ancestors, our dogs turn around a few times before lying down.

How does circling help dogs travelling in packs?

There is another evolutionary explanation for this circling behavior. Wild canids, like wolves, foxes, and coyotes, travel in packs that include many family members. The entire group is protective of the members of the pack and is on constant lookout for stragglers. Turning around helps group leaders assess the pack and survey the area for members that may have fallen behind.

Turning around 360 degrees also provides an opportunity to take one last look for potential predators before bedtime. So, again, this bedtime rotation is actually a form of self-preservation and protection.

Every pack has an established hierarchy. Some members are more dominant while others are submissive. The bedtime turning routine may also be part of a ritual that identifies a wolf’s place in the pecking order of the pack.

 How does circling help with comfort?

Here’s a more basic reason for canine circling. Dogs in the wild don’t have the luxury of manufactured doggie beds and pillows. They make their own “beds” in nature. To make their sleeping quarters more comfortable, dogs pat down tall grass and move prickly underbrush and stickers before lying down. They root out rocks and fallen tree branches. In colder climates, dogs circle to reposition snow banks. This “nesting” procedure also uncovers unwanted inhabitants like snakes or insects. Dogs don’t like to share their beds with intruders. Moreover, changing the format of an area by moving grass, snow, or leaves indicates to other wild dogs in the area that this particular spot is taken for the night.

How does circling help with temperature?

Dogdog2s in the wild had no control over weather conditions and had to survive extreme changes in temperature. They couldn’t turn down a thermostat when it was hot or grab a blanket when it was cold, so they adapted by “denning” to moderate the temperature of their sleeping quarters.

Outdoor dogs in hotter climates scratched at the ground to clear away topsoil and grass that retained and radiated the sun’s warmth. Removing the topsoil exposed cooler soil underneath. Scratching and turning allowed them to find a more comfortable temperature for sleeping.

Wild canids in colder climates circled to wind themselves into tight balls to conserve personal body heat. The tighter the tuck, the warmer the dog. In addition, other pack members gathered together in a tight circle to effectively share body heat. So, the bedtime turning ritual had a biological basis, too.

How does circling help our pet dogs?

These are all good reasons for dogs to circle before lying down in the wild, but how does this relate to our contemporary, domestic dogs that lead comfortable lives within our homes and yards?

The desire for comfort is innate, so one explanation is that our dogs circle before lying down to get their beds just the way they want them. Unlike us, a quick plump of the pillow won’t do. But their bedtime ritual is more than that. It’s a repeat performance of the actions their ancestors took before going to sleep under the stars.

What if the circling is excessive?

While watching our dogs turn around before bedding down is amusing, it can also be a signal that something is wrong. Dogs that are in pain will circle excessively as they struggle to find a more comfortable position. They may also crouch then rise several times before completely reclining.

If your dog has difficulty settling down even after making several revolutions, consult your veterinarian. Orthopedic disorders like arthritis and neurological disorders like spinal cord or back problems can “turn” the routine nighttime “turning” into a painful experience. With proper evaluation and therapy, bedtime can once again become a comforting “turning” into a painful experience. With proper evaluation and therapy, bedtime can once again become a comforting AND comfortable ritual.

This client information sheet is based on material written by: Lynn Buzhardt, DVM © Copyright 2015 LifeLearn Inc. Used and/or modified with permission under license