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!

Parasites Pt. 2

By Annyn Matheson, 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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By Annyn Matheson, 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 Annyn Matheson, 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 Annyn Matheson, 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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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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BC-SPCA Vancouver: Snow

By ArbutusWest, on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Allow me to introduce myself! I’m SNOW – a 5 Year old male Domestic Short Hair Cat, currently sheltered at the VANCOUVER SPCA. Snow here! This silly boy entertains everyone he meets. He has an infectious purrsonality that is sure to keep you laughing and have your heart melting simultaneously. When we tell you that […]

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By ArbutusWest, on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Allow us to introduce ourselves! We’re KIRSTEN & KY – a bonded pair of Dwarf/Mixed Breed Rabbits, aged 8 months, currently sheltered at the Vancouver SPCA. Kirsten and Ky are a bonded pair of siblings who are looking for their forever home together! The two of them are very social, and love to be pet […]

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BC-SPCA Abbotsford: PAUL & ZEUS

By ArbutusWest, on Monday, December 21st, 2015

Allow us to introduce ourselves! We’re Paul & Zeus – a bonded pair of Miniature Pinschers, currently sheltered at the Abbotsford SPCA. Paul (5 years old, tan, male) and Zeus (7 years old, black, male) are both affectionate loving boys who enjoy sitting on your lap. Both Paul and Zeus are extremely social; Zeus likes […]

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