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Ticks on Dogs

Ticks DogsSummeridge Animal Clinic, your Thornhill Vaughan Animal Hospital, wants to share some valuable information regarding ticks and how they can affect your pet’s health.

 Ticks are probably most notable for being the carrier of Lyme disease.  Lyme disease affects people as well as dogs.  Most common signs of Lyme disease are: lameness, fever, swollen joints, and lack of appetite.  Some veterinary clinics recommend yearly screening tests in all dogs for Lyme disease.  We, at the Thornhill, Vaughan Animal Hospital, do not.

Here are some reasons why?:

  1.    Although Lyme disease does happen in our patients, it is very uncommon.  This may change in the future as ticks are spreading and becoming more of a threat.   
  2. At present, there is no consensus on the treatment of a healthy dog that has a positive test for Lyme disease.  There is insufficient information about whether to treat or not.  What we do know at Thornhill, Vaughan Animal Hospital is that a large majority of infected dogs will not become ill.
  3. It is more useful to test on a dog showing the signs of Lyme disease.  If a dog has the following signs of fever, lameness, lethargy, we at Thornhill, Vaughan Animal Hospital, will test for Lyme disease.

 

Tick on Your DogOur goal, at the Thornhill, Vaughan Animal Hospital, is to prevent your dog from being bitten from a tick.  

  1. Keep your dog away from tall grass or brush.
  2.  Use an effective tick preventive product for your dog.
  3.  Inspect your dog for ticks daily.  In order for your dog to acquire Lyme disease, the tick needs to be attached for at least 48 hours.  Daily inspection for ticks is the best way to ensure that they never have a chance to cause harm in your dog.

Tick We have an informative video on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/summeridgeanimalclinic

If you have any questions, please call us at Summeridge Animal Clinic at 905-731-1225 or visit our website to schedule an appointment today!

 

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Signs of Illness in Cats as Seen by Our Vaughan Veterinarian

Profile of Two Cats

Older Cat 2aSummeridge Animal Clinic, Our Vaughan Veterinary Hospital, knows that there is an intricate relationship between cats and their owners. By nature, cats have always been stoic and it is difficult to notice if they are sick or in pain.  An observant owner can detect small changes in their appearance, behaviour or eating habits indicating that all is not well.  Our Vaughan Veterinary Hospital knows that cats are very good at hiding pain from us.  Our Vaughan Veterinary Clinic wants you to keep an eye out for any of the following changes which could indicate that your feline friend is not in purrfect health.

Any changes in water/food consumption should trigger you to put your sleuthing cap on.  Our Vaughan Veterinary Hospital knows that missing a meal or a slow decrease in food consumption can be an early warning sign that all is not 100%.

Cat drinking waterChanges in water consumption may be more difficult to observe, especially if cats are outdoors and drinking from other water sources.  If  you are uncertain about how much food or water your cat is consuming daily, don’t worry,  Our Vaughan Veterinary Hospital suggests measuring food and water to obtain a better idea on their eating and drinking habits.

Our Vaughan Veterinary Hospital realizes that our feline friends will always be somewhat of an enigma.  It is their mysterious nature that draws us to them, wanting to know more, but it is also their mysterious nature that allows them to keep us at bay.  That is why our Vaughan Veterinary Hospital, the Summeridge Animal Clinic, wants you to become a keen observer of your feline friend by documenting any changes and contacting us immediately to ensure proper treatment.  Stay tuned for another article exploring other signs of illness in your cat.  For more information you can contact us at 905-731-1225 or visit our website www.summeridgeanimalclinic.com or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/summeridgeanimalclinic.

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My First Blog

Girl Hugging PuppiesWelcome to the new website for Summeridge Animal Clinic. This website is a reflection of the commitment and dedication each and every one of you have towards the care your pet receives at this hospital. I envision the website to be an evolving, dynamic and educational vehicle to promote comprehensive care for your pet. The Summeridge Animal Clinic website is your website. I have included many photos of my patients – I could not have done it any better.

Boy Dancing With a DogIn addition, I want to use my Facebook page as a tool to enlight, provide humour and as a forum to post a gallery of photos of your pet(s).

In the coming weeks, months, and hopefully years, I will do my best to share a little bit of your lives here at Summeridge Animal Clinic, while at the same time trying to educate as well as entertain you.

We always look forward to your feedback.

Again, I wish to thank everyone of you for all the support in making Summeridge Animal Clinic a success.

Dr. Hélène

Cat & Sunset

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