Trusted Tips and Resources

Trusted Tips & Resources

Trusted Saskatoon Vet VCA Frontier Animal Hospital Shares Tips on Tick Season

Keeping your pet healthy is the #1 priority of VCA Frontier Animal Hospital Saskatoon. Their Saskatoon animal hospital offers Saskatoon pet owners an affordable dog & cat spay and neuter solution and full veterinary services. Their team are not only caring and compassionate, but they show continued dedication to the cause where they continue to offer an affordable solution to pet care, in this full service Trusted Saskatoon vet clinic. From the first joyous experiences of a new puppy or kitten, to the final loving moments with a beloved senior pet, they are with you every step of the way. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon veterinary tips, they share info on something we know well in Saskatchewan ticks...

Are you ready for tick season?

Tick season can last about 7 months of the year! Ticks start to appear in +4 temperatures. Most of the ticks that have been submitted for testing from our area are American Dog Ticks (Also known as Wood Ticks) but a few found are the Blacklegged Ticks (also known as Deer Ticks). The ones we are more concerned about are the Blacklegged Ticks, although more commonly found in British Columbia they have been known to migrate here;  these are the ones that have the potential to carry the bacteria that can cause Lyme Disease. Fortunately we can vaccinate our canines against this potential harmful disease. If you tend to travel to highly wooded or grass areas, live on a farm or take your furry friend camping this is an excellent prevention we have available. The bacteria is often transferred to the animal if the tick is attached for more than 2 to 3 days so using a parasitiside or repellent such as Nexguard, Bravecto or Advantix is also a great preventative. If you have any questions regarding these products please call us at 306-934-8288. If you find a tick please bring it in to us as well and we can send it off for a study with no charge to you.



Lyme Disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium and is spread by infected ticks. It can be very difficult to observe the signs as they are not always obvious, symptoms can include:
  • Stiff walk with an arched back
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever, lack of appetite, and depression
  • Superficial lymph nodes close to the site of the infecting tick bite may be swollen
  • Lethargy (tiredness)
  • Painful joints/lameness-can be seen as "Shifting-Leg Lameness"
  • Renal Failure-vomiting, diarrhoea, lack of appetite, weight loss, increased urination and thirst, and abnormal fluid buildups
  • Heart abnormalities are reported, but rare
  • Nervous system complications (rare)

Treatment consists of antibiotics for extended periods of time as an outpatient unless in renal failure (then may need to be hospitalized). Some cases even with the antibiotics the infection can reoccur at a later time and still cause damage. The best medicine is prevention!

Looking for a vet in Saskatoon? We definitely recommend checking out the team at VCA Canada Frontier
See all they do and read reviews on their listing on Trusted Saskatoon here - VCA Canada Frontier Animal Hospital are Trusted Saskatoon Vets  


VCA Frontier Animal Hospital Shares Why It's Important To Spay Or Neuter Your Pets

Keeping your pet healthy is the #1 priority of VCA Frontier Animal Hospital Saskatoon. VCA Frontier Animal Hospital offers Saskatoon pet owners an affordable dog & cat spay and neuter solution and full veterinary services. Their team are not only caring and compassionate, but they show continued dedication to the cause where they continue to offer an affordable solution to pet care, in this full service Saskatoon vet clinic. From the first joyous experiences of a new puppy or kitten, to the final loving moments with a beloved senior pet, they are with you every step of the way.

Spaying and Neutering your pet has numerous positive effects! 



Here are just a few:

1) By spaying your female pets, especially before their first heat cycle, it decreases the risk of uterine infections and mammary tumors.

2) For males it significantly reduces the risk of testicular cancer and prostate issues.

3) Reduces the urge to roam to find a mate when the sexual hormones are reduced. Which reduced the chance of pets becoming lost or injured while outdoors, because they tend to stay closer to home.

4) Females will not go into heat; which can leave a mess around your home, or your female cats to be extremely vocal.  

5) Males will be better behaved by not "marking their territory" and become more human family orientated. It reduces the testosterone which can help with dominance and territory aggression issues as well. 

6) It is highly cost effective compared to the cost of having and caring for a litter of babies. 

7) Spaying and Neutering helps the pet overpopulation problem. Which in turn reduced the number of unwanted and stray pets. Strays can have an effect on the community by destroying local fauna, pray on wildlife and cause traffic accidents. 

A common myth you hear about spaying and neutering are that your pet will become overweight. It is true that by altering them they do have a slower metabolism and are less likely to roam, but by watching their food intake and exercising regularly you can control their weight gain quite easily.




Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan Shares 3 Ways to get Your Pet Ready For Winter!

Invisible Fence® Brand systems Saskatchewan are invisible boundary systems for your yard and home! It keeps your pet out of harm's way and prevents unwanted behaviors throughout your home and yard. The systems are safe, humane, and highly recommended by Veterinarians, Behaviorists, and pet experts.

Over the last 40 years, they have helped more than two million pets and their owners lead safe and harmonious lives together, and their exclusive training program allows dogs and cats to learn their boundaries without fear, distress, or behavioral harm. Their proven P.E.T. Approach™ training method ensures the success of their products every time, with any pet, and in every household. The result? An unparalleled success rating (over 99%) and the most effective solutions in the industry! Freedom and convenience for you & your pet...and the system has a lifetime warranty. That’s an OWNERS lifetime warranty!

Invisible Fence Saskatchewan are Trusted Saskatoon Pet fencing solution experts! 


 

 

Winter-Proof your Pet: 3 Ways to Lick Seasonal Affective Disorder

By: Invisible Fence Brand on 12-23-2015

Public awareness of Seasonal Affective Disorder, SAD, in pets has grown in recent years, and with this awareness has come a lot of good information about causes and symptoms, not to mention quite a few great ideas for curing our companions’ winter blues. 


Cases of SAD in pets can range from moderate to serious, with symptoms ranging from lethargy and potty-training relapse to sudden aggressive behavior and refusal of food. The majority of solutions out there boil down to three big ones: exercise, socialization and sunlight. Hit these biggies on a regular basis for the next couple weeks, and you’ll have your old friend back in no time:
    

  1. Exercise. There are plenty of easy, pet-friendly activities that will help you beat the boredom, even on a snow day. For example, you might start with a simple round of fetch in a long hallway, progress into a stimulating session of hide and seek, then move on to a cardboard box obstacle course or a scratching-post play area. And now that you’ve got your pet panting or purring, why not round out the afternoon with a soothing session of doga
  2. Socialization. Ready for a day out? Consider taking your pet to an indoor pet park where he can interact with his peers, or enroll in a day class that you can participate in together. Lack of socialization is a key factor in SAD, so the combination of exercise and social interaction such activities offer may well justify the extra expense. Also, having your pup tag along for your kids’s after-school activities is a great way to work in some much needed social interaction for their pal.
  3. Sunlight. Pets are susceptible to SAD in the first place because they’re mammals, and all mammals respond to the sun’s seasonal retreat in the same way: they ramp up production of melatonin, the body’s sleep medicine. If your pet is staying active during the day, more melatonin is a good thing. But without ample daylight and activity to balance things out, your pet’s double dose of drowsy medicine can effectively push them into hibernation mode. Which is not a good thing. Unless your pet is a bear. 

Yes, natural light can have a miraculous effect on your pet. But between the short days, gym memberships, kids’s recitals, unpredictable weather, bad traffic and looming deadlines—sometimes a leisurely walk in the dog park can be a lot to ask. But fear not, there are some nifty solutions out there that can safely promote independence and boost your pet’s morale, even when you’re away from home. 
 
The common pet door, for example, has seen some notable transformations in recent years that make them a unique solution for busy pet parents. Offering advanced features like customizable automatic locks and integration into electronic containment systems, pet doors aren’t what they used to be. For those seeking an indoor light supplement, the phototherapy box, or lightbox, a proven boon to humans, has now been successfully adapted for the pet market as well.

So, this winter, when you find yourself caught off-guard by erratic, out-of-character moods or behaviors from your pet, remember the big three: exercise, socialization and sunlight. A little sunlight, a lap or two at the pet park, and a rousing session of the Muffin Tin Game--and you’ll have your pet’s case of SAD licked.

At Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan we’re passionate about protecting pets — so you can focus on fun! So, let’s talk. And we’ll find the gentle, effective, affordable solution that’s right for you and your pet. Guaranteed.

 

Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewn Shares a Cat Person's Guide to Managing Hydration!

Invisible Fence® Brand systems Saskatchewan are invisible boundary systems for your yard and home! It keeps your pet out of harm's way and prevents unwanted behaviors throughout your home and yard. The systems are safe, humane, and highly recommended by Veterinarians, Behaviorists, and pet experts.

Over the last 40 years, they have helped more than two million pets and their owners lead safe and harmonious lives together, and their exclusive training program allows dogs and cats to learn their boundaries without fear, distress, or behavioral harm. Their proven P.E.T. Approach™ training method ensures the success of their products every time, with any pet, and in every household. The result? An unparalleled success rating (over 99%) and the most effective solutions in the industry! Freedom and convenience for you & your pet...and the system has a lifetime warranty. That’s an OWNERS lifetime warranty!

Invisible Fence Saskatchewan are Trusted Saskatoon Pet fencing solution experts! 

 

No lapping matter: A cat person’s guide to managing dehydration

By: Invisible Fence Brand on 08-02-2016

The drooping tongue and heavy breathing are not really signs of dehydration, but a panting dog is certainly a picture of thirst. At any rate, we tend to feel pretty confident our dogs will figure out a way to let us know when they’re ready for a drink. But cats are more of a mystery. How can you tell when they’re thirsty? 

This is the simple question we brought to the Seattle-based veterinarian and cat medicine expert, Christine Wilford, DVM--hoping she could help us solve the riddle of the cotton-mouthed cat. 

The first thing we learned is that it’s possible to be too concerned about your cat’s drinking habits. According to Dr. Wilford, a typical ten pound cat needs only about a cup of fluid per day, and your cat may already be getting most of that from his wet food: “Keep in mind that cats on dry food require more water than cats eating canned food. In fact, if canned food is wet enough, your cat may not drink at all. Having evolved from the desert, their kidneys are better at conserving hydration than ours or your dog’s.” 

Add to this camel-like retention of water the fact that cats don’t drink until they’re mildly dehydrated anyway, and you’ve got a classic picture of feline self-sufficiency: “Your cat drinks when he’s thirsty, unlike you--who may drink for flavor or to stave off dehydration. And if your cat is drinking, he's already dehydrated. But that’s normal. He drinks a little, restores body hydration, and gets on with his day of sleeping.” 

The picture we’re getting is that cats by instinct don’t avoid dehydration, they manage it. And this is precisely where you, the caregiver, can help them on a hot summer day. Not by switching to a super-sized water bowl, but by implementing a few “environmental” tweaks that will avoid dehydration creep from a combination of dry food, extended heat, and over-hot napping spots. 

A couple ideas
Switching to wet food or adding water to dry food are good ideas on a hot week. Also, cats favor cool, shaded spots in the house like tile floors or under beds. Dr. Wilford recommends that you find your cat’s favorite spots and make sure to close the shades. And if you know it’s going to be a scorcher and the AC’s out, why not invite your cat to take a load off by setting out a low-speed fan in front of a pan of ice? 

Except in cases of diabetes or kidney dysfunction--where the need for high volume replenishment can create some unique challenges--your cat’s replenishment is a passive affair.  As Dr. Wilford reminds us, cats basically shut down when it’s time to cool off:  “Unlike dogs who cool off by panting--and thus lowering their body’s temperature through the heat lost in breath moisture--cats do not pant as their primary cooling method. Nor do they typically pant after exertion. They cool by finding a cool place and stopping body activity.”  

By nature your cat is less alarmed about dehydration than you are. And the half-dozen water bowls you set up around the house is probably more for you than her. This summer, focus on creating an environment conducive to a cool and lazy afternoon, and, who knows, you might even find yourself on the receiving end of a purring nudge of thanks. 

Special thanks to Dr. Wilford.

At Invisible Fence Brand of Saskatchewan we’re passionate about protecting pets — so you can focus on fun! So, let’s talk. And we’ll find the gentle, effective, affordable solution that’s right for you and your pet. Guaranteed.