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Trusted Saskatoon Vets at VCA Talk About Their Paw It Forward Project

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 is 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. VCA Canada Frontier Animal Hospital are Trusted Saskatoon Vets and you can find them under the Vets & Pets Category.


Trusted Saskatoon Vets at VCA Talk About Their Paw It Forward Project




Paw It Forward is VCA Canada’s national community outreach initiative focused on caring for life’s greatest companions.  This initiative supports our national, regional and local community endeavors, including supporting humane societies, rescue groups and SPCAs, and enhancing awareness and learning of animal health and welfare issues.  Paw It Forward also provides food for displaced pets across Canada and assists local families and pets in need.  This initiative engages the entire community – VCA Canada and our clients, local supporting agencies and their clients, and our vendor partners – in a united effort to enhance and celebrate the human-animal bond. This is a unique project hosted by the Trusted Saskatoon Vets at VCA Frontier Vet Animal Hospital.


VCA Frontier Vet understands the impact caring for pets can have on a family. The human-animal bond creates a unique relationship that is everlasting and unlike any other. Caring for pets can ease loneliness, reduce stress and anxiety, promote social interaction, and encourage exercise. Pets are non-judgmental, loyal and trustworthy. They provide unconditional love and affection, social and emotional support and a deep sense of comfort. For families dealing with hardship, the importance of this bond can be even more critical to their overall well-being. Pets are a cherished member of many families, and can potentially be one’s only family.

VCA Canada understands the importance of the human-animal bond. We know that it is not uncommon for marginalized pet parents to sacrifice their own food for their pets. We realize that many such pet parents struggle to provide medical care, vaccinations and spaying or neutering for their beloved animals. We stand ready to provide support and guidance to these families as they care for life’s greatest companions.

  "Each year, through the Paw It Forward initiative, we provide millions of dollars to support various initiatives across Canada" -VCA Canada

  VCA Canada is extremely excited to have more opportunities to help with your furry  companions, which they love being able to do. Being a Part of VCA means that they are a part of their group initiative Paw IT Forward. Please click here for more information.









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



 



Trusted Saskatoon Vets at VCA Frontier Animal Hospital Give Traveling Tips for Your Pet

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 is 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. VCA Canada Frontier Animal Hospital are Trusted Saskatoon Vets and you can find them under the Vets & Pets Category.


VCA Gives Traveling Tips for You and Your Pet



Planning a trip with your pet soon? From the Trusted Saskatoon Vet's themselves here are some travelling tips that will lead to a helpful experience. 


Travelling Tips


  1. Keep your Pet safe, secure in a well-ventilated crate/carrier.
  2. Warm up with short trips before the long trip to get them used to travel.
  3. Feed your pet a few hours before you leave, and not during travel.
  4. Never leave your animal alone/unattended in a vehicle especially in warm weather.
  5. Have your pets travelling kit ready, including water, bowls, medication (if needed) as well as an emergency kit with bandages.
  6. Make sure your pet has a microchip or some form of identification.
  7. Keep their head inside the vehicle while driving and be sure windows are closed enough so the pet cannot escape.
  8. Bring your pets vaccination and medical records.
  9. Bring your own water!
  10. Consider getting easy to clean seat and floor covers for your convenience. 

These tips are a summary of tips from 10 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Pet. You can read the original article HERE.

Giardia




Are you or your pet at risk of Giardia infection? Giardia is a protozoan parasitic infection. Although there are various sources of contamination, one of the most common for our pets is drinking from untreated contaminated creeks, lakes or rivers. Once infected the most common symptom is acute, (or intermittent and can potentially be chronic if left untreated) smelly, frothy, mucousy diarrhea. This parasite can be transferred to humans. So, if you and your pet have recently been in areas at risk and symptoms occur, it is best to be seen by your veterinarian and/or physician. 


Do You Know Where You're Going?



 



When travelling with our furry family members we often forget to check to see if the environment is safe for them to travel to with us. Some things like heartworm are much more prevalent in hotter climates. This is a parasite that you can prevent your pet from getting as long as they are treated prior to exposure. How high is the risk for Lyme disease from ticks where you’re going? Possibly having them vaccinated beforehand would help but know ahead of time is the key. If travelling abroad, will your pet be allowed into the country? If not properly vaccinated and dewormed with specific regulations your pet could be quarantined or not permitted to enter.


Every country has its own rules and restrictions in regards to what a pet needs to be able to accompany you. You can start to sniff out all the answers by clicking here. The government site will also direct you to the correct people you need to contact if you cannot find all the answers you are looking for.


For any other questions if travelling within Canada don't hesitate to give VCA a call.



 



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  


These tips are a summary of tips from 10 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Pet. You can read the original article HERE.


Trusted Saskatoon Vets at VCA Frontier Animal Hospital Discuss Gravol for Pets

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 is 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. VCA Canada Frontier Animal Hospital are Trusted Saskatoon Vets and you can find them under the Vets & Pets Category.


The Experts at VCA Frontier Discuss Gravol - Is It Safe for Your Pet?




Just like some people, your pets can get motion sickness. That is   never a good thing when you’re trying to get somewhere and "Fluffy" upchucks in the vehicle. A common medication that people use for themselves is Gravol (main ingredient dimenhydrinate) and the experts at VCA Frontier Animal Hospital often get phone calls asking if they can give it to their pet.

Like most medications, there are contradictions in some pets. It should be avoided in pets with glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, seizure disorders, cardiovascular disease or hypertension. With some pets, it can have some adverse effects and they can become hyperactive, cause vomiting, diarrhea, or central nervous system depression (heart rate and respiration rate can decrease.)


Lethargy is seen quite often (which in some pets may be a good thing while traveling). It is more effective in dogs than in cats. VCA Frontier suggests giving them the medication 20 to 30 minutes before traveling. The dose recommended is between 4 to 8 mg for every kg by mouth and it can be given up to every 8 hours if needed. 


Example: 6.4 kg dog can be given a 25mg tablet. Always try at the very lowest dose to make sure they have no adverse reactions first.  




 



If you have any questions or concerns feel free to call VCA at 306-934-8288.  Make sure to never ever give a human medication to an animal unless you double check to make sure it is safe to give with a veterinary medical professional. 

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  



Trusted Vet VCA Frontier Animal Hospital Explains Proper Pet ID

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 is 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. VCA Canada Frontier Animal Hospital are Trusted Saskatoon Vets and you can find them under the Vets & Pets Category.


Please help them Welcome their new DVM Emily Lanigan. She is a 2018 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and is eager to perform the highest quality of medicine. She is a great addition to the already amazing team at VCA Frontier.





The Experts at VCA Frontier Explain Proper Pet ID Options



It is always a good idea to have some form of Identification on your pet especially when travelling. Here are some pros and cons of each:


Microchip


Pros:

  • Permanent Identification
  • Most common Identification Nationally
  • If theft occurs cannot be removed

               

Cons:

  • Slightly painful application
  • Can migrate from the original site
  • Owners contact information must be updated to be of use
  • Need a universal scanner to be identified 



 


Tattooing


Pros:

  • Permanent Identification

             
Cons:

  • Can fade or become illegible
  • Can only be done under anesthetic
  • Province-specific and only used for ID in Canada
  • Relies on Veterinary Clinics record keeping
  • Owners need to update contact information
  • Visible on pet 

Name Tags


Pros:

  • You can design your own

Cons:

  • Can be easily lost or removed; Not permanent



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  






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  


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