Arbutus West Animal Clinic Blog

Coming to you from beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. Check back often for tips on health, safety, preventative medicine, and all things pets!

Reptile husbandry

By Arbutus West, on Thursday, August 10th, 2017

We typically see pets for annual health checks, or when they are ill.  This shouldn’t surprise anyone.  What may be surprising is that reptiles typically get ill for very different reasons than mammals or birds which is why reptile husbandry is so important! Cats, dogs, rabbits, have a variety of causes for their ailments.  No […]

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Being a reptile Veterinarian in Vancouver

By Arbutus West, on Friday, August 4th, 2017

Being a reptile Veterinarian in Vancouver…   There are few things that can make your average veterinarian panic more than a lizard or snake in their appointment list.  Vet school has the impossible task of teaching you how to treat every animal under the sun in just 4 short years.  It does a pretty good […]

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Brachycephalic airway syndrome

By Arbutus West, on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Meet Tina, a cute fifteen-week-old French Bulldog puppy! Tina came in to be desexed although difficulty breathing or dyspnoea as known in the medical world – a common problem seen in brachycephalic breeds, was also noted. The Latin term Brachycephalicus refers to the skull having a shorter snout and as such very compressed airway structures, […]

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Parasites Pt. 2

By Arbutus West, on Thursday, June 1st, 2017

We ended last post by promising to go over internal parasites are worms and protozoa (like giardia).   They can cause severe disease in puppies and kittens, or diarrhea in adults when present in heavy numbers.   Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) a healthy adult can carry a heavy burden and not show any clinical signs, […]

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Parasites

By Arbutus West, on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Parasites, parasites, parasites!   Can any other health topic elicit such a visceral reaction?  A shiver down the spine?  A look of disgust? No one likes creepy crawlies, but because of their close relationship to the environment, our pets a probably the only way that parasites will enter our lives.   Luckily they rarely pose […]

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Spring Allergies Update

By Arbutus West, on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

It’s no news that dogs are prone to spring allergies with some breeds, like Staffordshire bull terriers being almost universally afflicted.  However most people don’t realize that dog allergies fall into two categories: food and environmental, or atopic, allergies. In the spring, with pollen, mold and other plant matter in the air we commonly see […]

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A Practical Guide to Picking the Best Veterinarian for your Pet

By Arbutus West, on Monday, October 17th, 2016

It is natural to want “the best” when we seek professional advice. Whether you are picking a plumber or a surgeon for your grandmother’s hip operation, we like to feel like we made an informed choice and are getting value for our money. When it comes to health care, we also want results!   No one […]

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Prosthetic have come a long way!

By Uri Burstyn, on Saturday, May 21st, 2016

It was early morning, before the sun was up, Dec. 29, 2015. One of the miniature horse’s owners thought he was standing funny and swung a flashlight beam onto Shine. “He was covered in blood,” Jacque Corsentino told the Colorado State University Source. The 3-year-old miniature horse was whisked away to the university’s teaching hospital, […]

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$100 for referrals and free dental checks!

By Uri Burstyn, on Friday, April 8th, 2016

We’re excited to offer some promotions to our family of clients in April.  Springtime is a busy time for pet owners, and a great time to come in for boosting vaccines for the summer, getting your pet ready to travel for the holidays and last but by no means least, starting that flea and worm […]

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BC-SPCA Vancouver: JAGGER

By ArbutusWest, on Monday, February 1st, 2016

Allow me to introduce myself! I’m JAGGER – a 14 Year old male Domestic Medium Hair Mix, currently sheltered at the Vancouver SPCA. At 14 years young, this big strong senior is longing to be that cuddly companion for someone. Jagger’s family could no longer keep him and he’s looking to spend hi golden years […]

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