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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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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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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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