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!

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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Canine Physiotherapy – how to do physio for your pet at home

By Arbutus West, on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Something fairly practical this week.   Knee (stifle) injuries are the most common cause for orthopedic surgery in dogs, and also occur in cats, rabbits, and most other species.   Here’s a video showing you some basic steps for providing physiotherapy for your pet after as they are recovering from surgery. Dr. Burstyn provides our clients with […]

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Keeping Christmas pet-friendly

By Arbutus West, on Friday, November 24th, 2017

Yes, there’s just a month to go until Christmas is here again, and many families are already putting their decorations up! If you’re getting ramped up for the holidays, we’ve got some tips to keep you and your pets away from your vets office this silly season. Stay inside by the warm fire instead! Does […]

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VIDEO: How to trim your cat’s nails

By Arbutus West, on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

This week Dr. Burstyn will teach you how to trim a cat’s nails! Some cats are more challenging than others, but this approach will work with 9/10 cats, even if they are really squirmy or “challenging” at first.  Take your time, maybe just do one pay at a time, and before long you’ll be able […]

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