Euthanasia – Saying Goodbye to your Beloved Pet

Saying Goodbye is Never Easy I have been trying to write this post for a long time but as you can imagine it is a difficult topic. It is difficult for you to think about and difficult for me to write about. Almost every pet owner will at some point be faced with decisions regarding [...]

How often should I groom my puppy?

How often should I groom my puppy? The skin of dogs is different than ours. It is thinner and has a different pH and so only shampoos created specifically for dogs should be used for bathing. You can bath your dog at home but this should not be done more frequently than every 4-6 weeks [...]

Toxic Food and Plants for Dogs

Toxic Foods These foods should never be fed to dogs: 1. Chocolate 2. Caffeine 3. Alcohol 4. Grapes/Raisins 5. Onions 6. Garlic 7. Macadamia nuts 8. Coconut Water 9. Milk and Dairy 10. Nuts 11. Raw and Undercooked meats, eggs and bones 12. Salt and salty snacks 13. Xylitol (found in sugar free gum, candies [...]

What Should I Feed My Puppy?

What Should I Feed My Puppy? Feeding Puppies the proper food is essential for their growth and development. Purchasing foods can be confusing. There is a lot of advice on the internet on picking the perfect food and although most of it is offered with the best of intents it is not always based in [...]

Handling your Puppy

Handling As well as training another thing that you can do to make my job easier is to handle your dog and get it comfortable with this. A veterinary visit can be stressful so the better prepared your puppy is the better the visit will go. Play with your puppies, mouth, ears, feet, belly and [...]

Training your Puppy

Training As a veterinarian I really appreciate a well trained dog who has manners and is well controlled by his owner. It makes my job easier. Although it is possible to train a dog yourself at home or to have a professional trainer come to the home I always recommend puppy classes. These classes can [...]

House Breaking your Puppy

House Breaking Please be patient with your puppy. Some puppies are very quick about house training and you may have very few accidents in your house at all. I have even had clients claim that their puppies have not had any accidents in the house. Please be aware that this is not the norm. House [...]

Establishing a Routine with your Puppy

Establishing a Routine Set specific times of the day for each activity to take place. 1. Feeding 2. Allow your puppy to go potty immediately after eating and on a routine basis (If you keep track of accidents in a log you will be better able to judge when you should try to take your [...]

Chewing and Toys

Chewing and Toys Normal dog behaviour includes chewing. This behaviour is magnified in puppies but will continue through the life of your dog. It is important to supply your dog with the appropriate toys for chewing. There are so many of these toys on the market that it can be difficult to know which ones [...]

What Should I Expect the First Few Days?

What Should I Expect the First Few Days? It is important to remember that Puppies are new to this world. Almost everything that they are experiencing, they are experiencing for the first time. For this reason it is important to expose them to new things with a positive attitude. When you bring your new puppy [...]

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