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!

Plants and pets – a guide to spring gardening!

By Arbutus West, on Friday, March 9th, 2018

With a gorgeous weekend to look forward to, a lot of people will be seizing this opportunity to get back into their gardens. Bulbs are coming back to life all over the city, and green buds are forming on everything that survived the winter. It seems we’re all ready for Spring to get here! With […]

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DIY fun for pocket pets!

By Arbutus West, on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Pocket pets as a group may be small in stature – but they’re big on brainpower! Keeping them stimulated and entertained is just as important as with a bigger pet. Happier pets are friendlier, less destructive, and live fuller, longer lives! Luckily the internet is full of wonderful DIY projects that take just a little […]

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Boredom Busters!

By Arbutus West, on Friday, February 23rd, 2018

As the winter seems to be kicking into overdrive, most of us are looking out the window at the rain, snow and slush and groaning with boredom. Does it feel like your pet is too? Bored animals turn into destructive animals – and wouldn’t you? While us humans have work, friends, television and hobbies to keep […]

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Fancy a ferret?

By Arbutus West, on Friday, January 26th, 2018

What to do if you need a companion in your life but dogs are too big, cats too expensive, and bunnies or guinea pigs aren’t quite your speed. Have you every considered a ferret? Ferrets are becoming more common as more people transition to smaller pets in the city, and for an excellent reason! Ferrets […]

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VIDEO: How to measure blood glucose in a cat – Diabetic cat

By Arbutus West, on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

Testing your diabetic cat’s blood glucose is more accurate and cheaper than doing it at a veterinary hospital, and it does not have to be difficult!   Here’s a quick guide to easy at-home blood glucose checks for your diabetic cat. Please remember, practice makes perfect, and love your felines!

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What to do with an injured bird

By Arbutus West, on Saturday, January 20th, 2018

What do I do with an injured bird? It’s one of the most common calls vet clinics get, that unfortunately, few vets can treat. Birds are quite a specialized field. Add into that equation any number of diseases or parasites they could be carrying into a clinic and you have a bit of a conundrum. […]

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NYC is having a whale of a time!

By Arbutus West, on Monday, January 15th, 2018

Although most of the news from the east coast of late has been keeping tabs on the deep freeze, some happier news is peeking it’s head above the snow, and NYC is having a whale of a time with this feelgood story! Although Vancouver residents are spectacularly lucky to see a lot of marine life […]

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#1 New Year’s resolution for your pet.

By Arbutus West, on Saturday, January 6th, 2018

New year, New you… sound familiar? For so many of us a new year includes a resolution to lose weight and get fit. Why not make 2018 the year you extend this promise to your pet? Animal health professionals worldwide have been seeing an alarming increase in the number of overweight animals. Studies in North […]

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Working dogs, we salute you!

By Arbutus West, on Saturday, December 16th, 2017

As the year draws to a close many of us reflect on the year that was. It’s been a year of political ups and downs, a year of leaps in science and humanity, of the continued rise of our soon-to-be-tech-overlord Elon Musk. Locally one story has continually warmed our hearts as the year has rolled […]

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Responsible gift giving

By Arbutus West, on Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Yes, it’s a familiar headline around Christmas, and for good reason. Pets given as a gift often don’t work out, the proof being seen in spiking animal surrenders in shelters across the globe in the weeks after the holidays.   Not only do unwanted pets ‘gifted’ to friends or relatives put added strain on shelters […]

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