Arbutus West Animal Clinic Blog

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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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Surviving this winter, healthy and happy!

By Arbutus West, on Friday, November 17th, 2017

With the cold weather truly settling in for the winter season, here are a few helpful tips to make sure both your pets and neighbourhood wildlife get through the long winter ahead in one piece. Lets start with Think and Thump! The warmth from your car is appealing to a lot of creatures trying to […]

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Get good karma, adopt a senior.

By Arbutus West, on Friday, November 10th, 2017

  November is Adopt a Senior Month, and rescues everywhere are highlighting all of their amazing older animals looking for homes to keep them warm and loved right until the end.   It’s a terrible reality how many older animals end up in shelters, left behind or picked up for a range of heart-breaking reasons. […]

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VIDEO: How to approach a dog you don’t know

By Arbutus West, on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

This week’s video is How-to approach a dog you do not know.  It is loosely based on the guidelines put out by the American veterinary medicine association (AVMA).  A particularly useful guide if you have kids who like animals.  Its important to pet as many dogs as you can, but please do so safely!   […]

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Tame that mane! Doctor’s orders.

By Arbutus West, on Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Although the idea of a day at the spa for your pet may sound a little indulgent to some, the importance of good grooming cannot be underestimated! Maintaining good grooming habits for your pets can have long-reaching benefits for their happiness and health, and who doesn’t want to have the cutest pet at the park? […]

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Vancouver is going bunny-crazy

By Arbutus West, on Friday, October 27th, 2017

Rabbits seem to be having a moment in Vancouver. Between relaxing stressed out university students at bunny-yoga, running a whimsical rabbit habitat at Jericho Beach and their ballooning popularity as a pet choice for those in our increasingly challenging housing market, it seems the answer to the age old question is here… In the battle […]

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VIDEO: Stress-free way to give a cat a pill

By Arbutus West, on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

For this week’s video, we’re going to show you how to do one of the most common, and dreaded, medical “procedures” that owners do at home: giving their cat oral medication!  There are many joke “how to give a cat a pill” videos out there, but here’s a serious, and useful look at how to […]

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Tips for a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

By Arbutus West, on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Pets and the Holidays…   Yes, Halloween season is upon us and just in case you hadn’t read enough articles about how to keep your pets safe in the holidays, I’m going to put in my two cents as well! Firstly let’s go over the obvious: – NO chocolate for your pets (unless you want […]

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