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Kittens Looking for Loving Home

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Meet Whelan and Olive. Both of these precious kittens are currently at our clinic and we are trying to find loving homes for them.

Whelan is the Orange and white kitten. He is 5 months old. He has been vaccinated, dewormed and neutered.

Olive is the Black kitten with splashes of white. She is 10 weeks old. She has received her first set of vaccinations and deworming.

Both are playful, curious and love lying around.

Please let us know if you are interested in bringing one of these little darlings into your home!

Happy Canada Day!

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Wishing everyone fun, safe and memorable 150th Canada Day Celebrations.
Here are a few pictures of our own pets all ready to party in their Canada gear!

The clinic will be closed on Saturday July 1st, 2017.

We are open our regular hours on Friday June 30th and Monday July 3rd 8am-6pm.

Dr Fell’s new addition- Scout

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I am so happy to announce the new addition to my family, Scout!
He is a bouncy, loving and beyond cute 3 month old chocolate male Labrador.
Yesterday he was here at the North Waterloo Veterinary Hospital for his second set of vaccinations- DA2PP second booster and initial Leptosporosis and his intestinal parasite deworming medication.
Can’t wait to share more pictures and stories about this little guy.

Dr. Julie Fell

Happy Easter

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Helping get the Easter Bunny ready for big day.
Delilah was in to get some medications today and was such a great bunny for us.
Wishing all of our patients a Happy and safe Easter!
We are closed Friday April 14th but open again for our regular hours on Saturday 8:30-12pm.

We’re all jealous, Kasey gets to go on vacation!

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Kasey was in this week to get his vaccinations prior to travelling south of the border and we’re all jealous of the beach days he has a head of him.

While his mom packed his sunglasses, we helped prepare Kasey for his trip by making sure his vaccinations were up to date and sent him home with his Rabies vaccine certificate which is required to cross the Canada/US border. We also made sure he’ll be protected against Fleas and Heartworm disease which can be found year round in many Southern States. Protection against Ticks is also often recommended depending on where one is travelling to.

We wish Kasey and his family a happy and safe vacation and are all definitely jealous!

Dr Julie Fell

Ticks can be active starting at 4 degrees!

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March 1st 2017 Elmira’s daytime high reached 12 degrees Celcius! Yes I was excited I didn’t have to endure the battle of the snowsuits for my two young girls but another thing it brings up is new recommendations regarding Tick prevention. Over the last few years, Dr. Hirzer and I have been seeing an increase in Tick cases and are encouraging using prevention against them for dogs that live an active outdoor lifestyle. Ticks can become active at temperatures starting at 4 degrees and with predicted day time highs of 10 degrees again next week we are recommending starting prevention now in March and continuing until November.

Dr. Julie Fell

North Waterloo Veterinary Hospital is a Certified Cat Friendly Hospital

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North Waterloo Veterinary Hospital Implements Cat Friendly Practice Program Cat Friendly Designation Elevates Cat Care
The cat is king. With cats being the most beloved pet in the country, there is a growing need to improve the health care and overall well-being of the feline population. Whether it’s a routine checkup or special visit, the staff at North Waterloo Veterinary Hospital is committed to ensuring that cats get the best care. And, to further its dedication, the clinic recently implemented the Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) program to offer pet owners more at every phase of the cat’s health care process. “We are committed to providing quality care to our feline patients,” said Dr. Linda Hirzer of North Waterloo Veterinary Hospital. “When we heard about the CFP program, we knew it was time to take a fresh look at the practice to determine what could be done to make the veterinary visit more positive for cats and cat owners.” Program Puts Cats First The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) pioneered the CFP program to provide a framework for creating a positive practice environment for cats, including medical care that supports the cat’s unique needs and knowledgeable staff members who understand feline-friendly handling. “The AAFP realizes that cats present unique challenges before, during, and after a veterinary visit,” said Dr. Susan Little, DVM, DABVP (Feline) & President, American Association of Feline Practitioners. “Some things that can cause a cat anxiety include aversion to carriers, sensitivity to new sights and smells, and the added stress of an unfamiliar location or experience. Understanding these obstacles helped to shape the CFP program and its dedication to putting the needs of cats first.” At a CFP-designated clinic, the veterinary staff incorporates cat-friendly features into the physical environment of the practice including special waiting rooms or waiting accommodations, feline-sensitive examination rooms and ward facilities, and equipment appropriate specifically for cats. Staff members also approach cat care in a different manner. The staff learns how to understand the needs of the cat such as how to interpret a cat’s facial expression and body language. Furthermore, the staff is well-trained in alternate techniques to calm an anxious cat and ensure that exams and procedures do not escalate anxiety. North Waterloo Veterinary Hospital Boosts Cat Care “We evaluated every aspect of the practice and its environment from the perspective of the cat,” Dr. Hirzer said. “We can proudly say that from the minute they walk through the door, our patients and clients will be part of a welcoming, comfortable experience that will ultimately lead to the improved health of our feline patients.” For more information about North Waterloo Veterinary Hospital, visit us at www.nwvethospital.com or call 519-669-2901.

Trim Tuesdays for Cancer

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On Tuesday afternoons, from 2 to 5 pm we are offering nail trims for $5. The money collected will be donated to local charities. On April 26 we participated in the Great Ride N Stride for Cancer. From our Tuesday Trims and various sponsors we raised $690. One of the ways the Cancer Society uses this money is to fund the cost of volunteer drivers who help cancer patients travel to medical appointments. Dr. Linda’s mother benefitted from this program last year when she needed rides to her daily radiation treatments. Although Dr. Linda took her to most of these appointments, the cancer volunteer drivers helped so Dr. Linda could be here for her clients and patients. Our Trim Tuesday fund raising continues with the next charity to be announced in June. Any suggestions?

 

Tick Attack

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Drop by the hospital to see Dr. Linda’s tick collection. She estimates that over the past 2 decades she encountered ticks on pets about a dozen times. Then, last summer alone she matched this, collecting over a dozen ticks from patients. Ticks are in the news as their populations seem to be growing and spreading.

Ticks are mysterious little creatures. They are lurking on the ground and vegetation waiting for their next meal to come along. The meal they are waiting for could be you or your pet. The following links provide current and accurate information about ticks and our pets.

This website provides a general overview of ticks and pets.

http://www.petsandparasites.org/dog-owners/ticks/

See live action video of various tick species.

http://www.capcvet.org/expert-articles/category/capc-videos

The following link provides instructions on how to remove ticks.

http://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/2008/06/articles/animals/dogs/removing-ticks/

A video of how to remove a tick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27McsguL2Og

Prepare yourself and your furry family for this season’s tick attack.

When you think of ticks think T I C K=TEST+INSPECT+CLAW+KILL

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Test your pet for exposure to diseases that are spread by ticks. These include Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichia. With a few drops of blood we can test your pet for antibodies to these diseases. The presence of antibodies indicates your pet has been bitten by a tick and has been infected by one of the above diseases. Pets that test positive can then be further assessed for evidence of ongoing infection and can be treated. Many pets with antibodies will have eliminated the infection but the fact that they were exposed is important information for their human companions. Evidence that your pet has been bitten by a tick means you were and may continue to be at risk.

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Tick season begins as early as March so we are well into tick season now. Inspect your pet for ticks after outdoor activity.

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Check out this video on how to remove a tick from your pet. We have a supply of Claws to help you with the process. Drop by the clinic for your free tick removing claw.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27McsguL2Og

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The apparent increase of ticks in our area has resulted in the licensing of several new products that can help control ticks on your pets. Nexgard and Bravecto are chewable treats that will kill ticks on your pet for 1 to several months. Revolution is applied topically and will prevent heartworm, ticks and fleas. Call or visit us and we will customize a parasite control program for the individual needs of your pet(s).