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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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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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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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A Practical Guide to Picking the Best Veterinarian for your Pet

By Arbutus West, 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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Forest Fires, Smoke, and Your Pet | Arbutus West Animal Clinic

Forest Fires, Smoke, and Your Pet

By ArbutusWest, on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

It is not surprising that everyone in Vancouver is talking about forest fires, but for us pet owners, there may be extra concern that BC’s fires may have a detrimental affect on the health of our pets. We aren’t used to smoke hanging thickly in the air, and many people are naturally concerned about the […]

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Avoid The Pet ER At Christmas | Arbutus West Animal Clinic

Avoid The Pet ER At Christmas

By Uri Burstyn, on Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The holidays are always a busy time in a vet clinic. When I worked as an ER veterinarian I enjoyed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving shifts because these days are guaranteed to be 16 hr marathons, and as a professional there are few things more rewarding than being able to look back on a day like […]

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What is the Right Age to Spay or Neuter | Arbutus West Animal Clinic

What is the Right Age to Spay or Neuter?

By Uri Burstyn, on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

There is a lot of confusing information available to owners about spaying and neutering. In this article I’d like to skip the personal opinions and old habits that pervade this discussion and present you with the evidence based facts about the appropriate age to de-sex your cat or dog. Let’s get our terms straight first: […]

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Studies Show the Benefit of Regular Health Checks for Cats | Arbutus West Animal Clinic

Studies Show the Benefit of Regular Health Checks for Cats

By Uri Burstyn, on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

There has been a plethora of studies recently that show cats don’t get taken to see the vet nearly enough.  Regular health checks and veterinary check-ups can save owners thousands of dollars, and save cats years of suffering (or their lives in cases where the owners can’t afford to pay for the health-care costs that result from years […]

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Cruciate Rupture or My Dog is Limping | Arbutus West Animal Clinic

Cruciate Rupture (or: My Dog is Limping)

By Uri Burstyn, on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is one of the most important stabilizers of the dog’s knee (also called the stifle joint). Cruciate rupture is probably the most common cause of lameness in the hind limb of a dog, and the most common cause of stifle arthritis. The rupture can be complete […]

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Preventing Hot Spots (Part Two) | Arbutus West Animal Clinic

Preventing Hot Spots (Part 2)

By Uri Burstyn, on Friday, May 9th, 2014

Now that you know the risk factors, there are a couple simple things you can do to prevent hot spot formation. 1. Take care to dry your dog really well if they have been swimming (especially if it is in a standing body of water like Trout Lake).  We don’t often see hot spots from […]

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