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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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Dry eye in dogs -what you need to know

By Arbutus West, on Monday, October 16th, 2017

Have you ever gone on a road trip without wiper fluid? Trying to see through a dirty, scratched windscreen is one of the most annoying experience in the world. Can you imagine if the same thing could happen to your eyes? Well a lot of dogs sure can due to a disease called dry eyes […]

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Reptile Husbandry pt. 2

By Arbutus West, on Monday, September 25th, 2017

Not everyone likes reptiles, but people who do like them, like them  A LOT. Most reptile keepers probably started out marveling at reptile houses during trips to the zoo as kids or being introduced to these beautiful, diverse and quixotic creatures by friends and family who already were herpetologists. Unlike caring for mammalian pets, reptile […]

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Air Quality – What you Need to Know

By Arbutus West, on Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Forest fire alert With all the smoke hanging in the air (again) we thought it would be appropriate to postpone reptile talk a week or two and discuss health issues related to air quality.  Pets can suffer respiratory difficulties from poor air quality just like humans, and it is important to recognize them to provide […]

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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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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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$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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