Are You Prepared For An Injury?

When an unexpected accident or illness occurs with your pet it’s important to be prepared! Keeping a first aid kit in your house, car and even at work is a great way to ensure you have the necessary equipment to deal with surprise situations. The Alcott Emergency First Aid Kit contains everything you need to stabilize minor injuries and keep your pet as comfortable as possible on the way to the veterinarian. Available in The Pet Boutique at Guelph Animal Hospital for $29.99.

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Sara, Boutique Specialist

 

New Year’s Resolutions

The Countdown is on to 2015!

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, the team here at Guelph Animal Hospital has been busy getting ready for the festivities.  There’s an excitement in the air as we make last minute preparations for an evening of celebration.  We can’t wait to ring in the New Year with all of our families, friends and pets!

But once the calendar flips forward, the last drop of champagne has been drunk and the remaining extra piece of kibble has been eaten, it will be time for us all to get down to business. And by ‘business’, we mean reflecting on the past year and coming up with our New Year’s resolutions.  On the human side of things, popular goals for the upcoming months can include things such as, taking up a new hobby, quitting smoking or joining a gym. However, resolutions don’t just have to be for people. We can make pledges for our pets too! Here are some suggestions:

1. Learn how to brush your pet’s teeth (ask us!)

2. Pre-Schedule an Annual Exam and Heartworm visit and mark them down in your calendar

3. Get your pet microchipped or update your contact information

4. Establish an exercise routine

5. Get your animal spayed or neutered

If these ideas don’t suit your fancy, not to worry!  We spoke with some of our own four-legged experts, and they were more than happy to share what they plan on working on for 2015:

1 “Even though they are a delicacy to my doggie palate, I am going to stop looking for snacks in my brother’s litterbox. Sigh.”
RVT Diana’s Reese

2“I get really excited for my food, and this year I am going to try really hard to wait patiently and not take my eagerness out on my brothers and sisters. I guess I can be a little rough. Wimps….”
CCS Krystal’s Cyrus

3 “My goal is to be gentle with the neighborhood rabbits instead of running after them. Apparently I’m ‘scaring’ them, when really I just want to be friends!”
Boutique Specialist Sara’s Buffy

131 “The Dog tattled, so now instead of getting my weekly manicure via the living room carpet, I will try using my scratch post instead.”
RVT Rachel’s Cali

 ”I love food, but this year I’m going on a diet. I won’t be happy until I drop one size in the Chilli Dog sweater collection.”
Hospital Manager Cheryl’s Henry

 ”I will work on getting back my girlish figure. My extra belly flab is getting embarrassing.”
RVT Meaghan’s Simba

 ”My New Year’s resolution is to stop using Mom’s arm as a scratching post….oh well, I guess there’s always the couch …”
CCS Whitney’s Noelle

81 “Mom says I need to treat the cat more like my sibling and less like my chew toy. I’ll give it my best. She’s so darn tasty!”
CCS Cynthia’s Cassie

 “Although we have mastered the art of the Puppy Dog Eyes, our mom says we need to learn to beg less. Spoilsport.”
RVT Stacey’s Vera and Preudence

91 “I’m going to be a brave boy this year, and not give the cat the satisfaction of laughing when I hide from fireworks.”
ACA Erica’s Forrest

 “I’m going to try really hard to eat more vegetables, and less poop – including my own.”
Dr. Renee Fleming’s Eleanor Bea

11 “I love to prove to the humans that I can stand on 2 legs too! But mom says I need to learn not to jump on people when I meet them…..and before I turn 13.”
Dr. Jen Perret’s Lilith

Sounds like they are all striving toward getting themselves back on track!  We wish everyone the best of luck with their goals. We’d love to hear what our patients are working on for 2015. What’s your pet’s New Year’s Resolution? And from all of us here at GAH, we’d like to wish you a safe and:

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Santa’s Furry Little Helpers

December has arrived and Christmas has taken over everything at the Guelph Animal Hospital…even the animals!
In the spirit of Christmas, here are some pictures of the Guelph Animal Hospital staff’s furry little helpers! Enjoy!

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The Loss of a Pet

It is never easy saying good-bye to a friend.  The bond we share with our pets is a special one.  Our pets rely on us to feed them, clean them and exercise them and in return give us love and affection, comfort and joy.  It has been several years since I have lost one of my personal pets.  Back in 2002 I had to euthanize Dina, a 17 year old Siamese cat I had adopted after her previous owner had passed away and there were no family members to take her and her brother.  Sonny had been euthanized 3 years before and the mention of his name still brought a tear to my eye.  Despite the fact that I was not ready for another loss, in the summer before I graduated from Vet School, Dina’s kidneys had decided they had enough.  A decision had to be made about her quality of life and my gut knew what had to be done.  Coming home that afternoon to an empty apartment, pet free for the first time since I was 6 years old, I didn’t know what to do with myself.  I felt empty and lost.

I was lucky, then and now, to be surrounded by people who understand my bond with my pets and who feel the same way.  I have endless shoulders to cry on from my classmates from school, my colleagues at work to my friends and clients.  Unfortunately, not everyone has this luxury and after going through the loss of a pet it can feel like there is nowhere to turn and no one to turn to.  It is important for people to allow themselves to grieve and to realize that there is nothing wrong with going through a bereavement period for a pet.  There are resources available both online and over the phone that can help if someone feels like they need extra counselling.   Use them.  I know I will likely need them when the time comes for my Kenzie to go.

OVC Pet Support hotline: http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/petloss/ (519) 824-4120 ext: 53694

Canadian Centre for Pet loss bereavement: http://www.petlosssupport.ca/

Web based support:  http://www.petloss.com/

Walking With You, Tim Boulton, grief counselor: http://walkingwithyou.ca/ (519) 831-2082

Dr. Ilana Smolkin

 

 

 

Reasons to Adopt an Older Cat

When it comes to bringing a new feline into your home, many people lean toward kittens.  Who could blame them?  Those fuzzy balls of fur are irresistible!  Older cats, however, can be just as rewarding and make excellent companions, both for your family and other pets.  Here are just a few reasons why you should consider adopting an adult cat.

First, older felines are typically already trained to do things like use the litterbox and not scratch the furniture.  Since you will have to put little to no effort into training, you can instead focus on getting to know your new cat and letting him get acquainted with his new home.  Additionally, unlike frisky kittens, adult cats tend to be more docile and less likely to get into mischief.  You won’t have to worry about how your house will look when you return from being away all day because an older cat will probably just use this time to catch some z’s.

Another reason to adopt an adult feline is that older cats, particularly those who have spent time in a shelter, tend to be extremely grateful to their new adoptive owner.  They are thrilled to be in a loving home where they are warm, well-fed and the recipient of attention and they’ll spend their lives repaying you with unconditional love.  Also, if you already own an adult cat and are adopting another as a companion, older cats typically adjust much better and are more tolerable than kittens.

Finally, adopting an older cat is a very humane decision.  The sad fact is that for every kitten that is adopted, an unwanted older cat is euthanized because she can’t find a good home.  By choosing an adult cat you are in many cases literally saving his or her life and that’s a decision you can be proud of.

If you’re thinking of adding a new cat to your family, please consider these things before making your decision.  While a kitten is certainly lovely to have around, an older cat can bring more love and personality into your home than you could imagine.  More importantly, they will be incredibly grateful for the chance to be accepted into your family and have a forever home to call their own.