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Marijuana Toxicity in Pets

marijuana toxicity in petsWhile many of our readers may be familiar with the Cannabis Act which would result in the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Canada, it is important that the well-being of our pets be part of the discussion.  It is necessary to point out that the current legislation could lead to an increase use of cannabis which might pose an increased risk of marijuana toxicity to our pets.

The increased use of cannabis both for recreational and medicinal purposes so far has resulted in an increase in cannabis toxicity cases in pets.  To help protect your pet from toxins associated with marijuana use, the team at Summeridge Animal Clinic has examined some of the reasons why cannabis and pets do not mix.

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Feline Interstitial Cystitis: A Cat Owner’s Worst Nightmare

Feline Interstitial CystitisHave you ever experienced that sinking feeling when you confirm that, yes, that’s cat pee in the corner behind your couch? No cat owner wants to deal with urination outside of the litter box, yet it is not an uncommon issue for our feline friends.

There are many reasons why a cat may begin to urinate outside of the litter box, but feline idiopathic cystitis is one of the most common reasons we see at Summeridge Animal Clinic. Learn about this disease process and how you can help your cat.

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Feline Behaviour and Scent Communication

Snow leopards spend the majority of their lives alone, but they spray the rugged landscape along the way to send signals to other cats. Not only helpful in locating individuals (like relatives or potential mates during breeding season), their urine helps mark their own distinct territories.

Scent communication is important to many animals. In fact, the domestic cats we know and love answer to similar instincts. Spraying inside the home and around your property may occur, but another important feline behaviour is scent-marking.

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