Health

Pet Talk with Dr. Bowra

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Join us at our North Van Paw Street market North Vancouver as we introduce a new Health Series with Dr. Jeff Bowra of Westview Veterinary Services. This is a FREE EVENT to attend!
Perfect for your new puppy or kitten.
Topics will include: Vaccinations / Parasite Control / Dental Health / Spay & Neutering / Behaviour / Nutrition.

This is an owner only talk. Please leave your pets at home to reduce distractions. Please bring a folding chair if you wish to sit. Thank you. Limited to 30 people. 

A little about Dr. Bowra and the practice.
Dr. Jeff Bowra took over Westview Veterinary Services in October 2016. His philosophy is to provide the best possible care to his patients and exceptional service to his clients: treating both like family.
Jeff graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1994. 
He enjoys surgery & dentistry and has a special interest in canine sports and rehabilitation medicine with a focus on racing sight hounds and agility dogs. He has taken Advanced Training in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee and the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Florida and is proud to have the first veterinary hospital in Canada to have an underwater treadmill and therapy pool.
Proud to be privately and locally owned. Local ownership results in a strong commitment to our community. We are devoted to family pet care, providing individualized attention and care for you and your pet.

For more info on Westview Veterinary Services
https://www.westviewvet.com/

Pet Health-Cancer

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The Truth About Pet Cancer  www.thetruthsaboutpetcancer.com

Leading Animal Health and Cancer Specialists Release FREE 7-part Docu-Series on the Pet Epidemic No One Talks About… Register here to watch the whole series free, starting April 4th, 2018: http://bit.ly/ttapc-trailer-register-yt.

Every year 6 million dogs and 6 million cats are diagnosed with this devastating illness. Statistics like this simply break our heart. And we know it breaks yours too :-( But now, there’s hope… You can make simple changes in your pet’s life – so you can enjoy a longer time together starting TODAY. It’s all revealed in the brand-new documentary series... The Truth About PET Cancer. In this 7-episode FREE online event, 33 of the world’s top pet cancer experts... immunologists... and clinical researchers reveal the natural treatments and therapies that are SAVING dogs and cats from cancer at record rates. It all starts on Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 9PM EASTERN. If you haven’t registered yet – there’s still time to secure your spot if you hurry.

Wildfires and your pet

With our air quality continuing to deteriorate due to the wildfires here in BC, the question that many of us have is “will all this smoke affect my pets?”

If your pet is healthy then there really isn’t much to worry about. Like people, pets have built-in mechanisms to help us filter-out particulate matter from the air. However, you may notice that your pet is lethargic, has watery eyes, and may occasionally cough or sneeze more often. As is recommended for people, avoid strenuous exercise at this time.

If your pet suffers from respiratory, cardiovascular or eye conditions (e.g. dry eye), they are more at-risk of adverse reactions from poor air quality. Look for symptoms such as coughing, increased respiratory rate, difficulty breathing, eye redness, irritation or discharge. Definitely avoid strenuous activity / exercise and also situations that may cause your pet’s respiratory rate to increase (e.g. things that make them anxious).

Finally, if your pet is taking medication for a respiratory illness or an eye condition, ask your Veterinarian if their dosage needs to be adjusted until the air quality improves.

Tips To Help Keep Your Pets Safe During Poor Air Quality Conditions:

  • Avoid exercising your pet outside when air quality is poor;
  • Make sure they have access to plenty of fresh water;
  • Keep all doors and windows closed, allow access to cooler areas of your home and keep fan/AC on;
  • Avoid using fans / AC units that draw air in from the outside (most air systems have a ‘re-circulate’ option);
  • consider buying an air filter (not just for your pets, but for you too!);
  • If you have an outdoor cat, keep them indoors temporarily until air quality improves; and,
  • If you smoke, do not do it near your pet. Under normal circumstances second-hand smoke is bad for animals, it may exacerbate symptoms during this time.

Stay safe! ~Dr. Renee Ferguson

Sources:
Mountain View Veterinary Hospital.
West Kootenay Animal Hospital: Forest Fires and Your Pet
Vets To Go: "Very High Risk" Air Quality Affects Pets, Too