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July 2016 Summer in the City, have fun but be careful!

 

It's summer, the weather is gorgeous, and we are all in the garden. It's a great time, but if our pets are around, we need to be cautious. Dexter found this out a couple of weeks ago, when he was "helping" in the garden and accidentally ingested some bloodmeal/bonemeal. Bloodmeal is toxic to animals and bonemeal can form a lump in the stomach, if enough is ingested, that can cause problems in the intestines. His owners called us immediately and we advised for Dexter to come into the clinic right away. Once here, we administered apomorphone to induce vomiting. As you can see, Jackie our veterinary technician assisted and helped comfort Dexter during the process. Dr. McKenzie talked with Dexter's folks to discuss any possible after effects. We are happy to report that Dexter is doing great!  

 

April 2016 Lordy, Lordy we are 40

We are 40.  Where has the time gone?  Dr. Chase and Dr. Stapley Chase first took ownership of the clinic (it was then on Division Street)  in 1976!  Disco was king, the elder Trudeau was ensconced at 24 Sussex Drive and a 14 year old girl named Nadia Comaneci  was the first ever gymnast to score a perfect 10, at the Montreal Olympics.  It was quite a year. 

Dr. Chase graduated from the Ontario Veterinary  College in 1975, while Dr. Stapley Chase received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph in 1977.  In the beginning, the Chases looked after “all creatures great and small” including horses, cows and sheep.  If you do a search around the clinic, you can probably still find an old volume of Bovine Medicine and Surgery. 

Time passed and the Chases welcomed three children into their family.  In fact, our receptionist Sue started in 1983 helping to look after their oldest daughter Andrea!  She eventually moved up to the front desk to provide relief reception and….well that’s a whole other story!

Eventually, the whole operation moved to 483 Ontario Street in 1982.  Over the years the practice developed into a small animal hospital only and we have seen literally thousands of dogs and cats in Cobourg over the years.

We have so enjoyed looking after your pets these 40 years, and we thank you so much!   We couldn’t have lasted 40 years without you! 

 

March 2016 Tick Talk 2

Bravecto, Advantix, Nexgard, oh my!  Often we are asked...what is the BEST tick prevention for my dog?  In this situation, best is a relative term.  We would say that best is whatever fits your dog's lifestyle.  (and yours).  For example, if your dog swims a lot in the spring and summer months, you may want to look at using oral medications such as Bravecto or Nexgard.  Do you prefer dosing once a month (Nexgard), or would you rather dose every three months?  (Bravecto).  Do you have little ones at home and you'd rather they not be petting your dog after a topical application?  Then definitely we can dispense Nexgard or Bravecto.

Does your dog have trouble with oral medication?  Then maybe Advantix (topical) would be the more appropriate choice for you and your dog? 

We have confidence that all of these products work equally well. 

We strongly recommend using prevention, no matter what you choose!

 

March 2016 - Tick Talk

It's only March and snow is on the ground!  That MUST mean our pets are safe from ticks, right???  Wrong.  This year we have seen more ticks in the winter months than ever before.  (Our Dr. Paquin pulled a tick off her dog in mid February).  Generally, ticks prefer temperatures between 4 and 20 degrees Celsius.  This means these mild winters are right up their alley. 

 

As ticks continue to march into the winter months, we are seeing other changes as well.  This year we have seen more ticks test positive for Lyme than ever before.  We can't stress enough how important tick prevention is to your pet's wellbeing.  One thing we must stress too...if ticks are around and being exposed to Lyme, YOU are at risk as well.  So when you check your pets for ticks, check yourself!  We recommend testing any tick for Lyme.  We provide testing for ticks for your pets, your local health office will provide testing for any ticks found on yourself!

Please call us if you have questions regarding the following:

1) Prevention

2) Removal

3) Testing

January 2016 -Dental Diaries

January and February are dental months here at Pine Ridge.  Often we are asked not only why Fluffy or Max needs dentistry but what that entails.  Dentistry is NOT just “time on the table” it consists of a number of steps that ensure your pet gets the best care here, from the moment they are checked in, until the moment they go home.  Here at Pine Ridge, Dentistry is all day care!

 

  1. Consultation – Your pet will be thoroughly examined and we answer any questions you may have regarding the procedure.
  2. Preparation – After the initial consult and exam, your pet will be prepped for the procedure.  This includes placing an IV catheter, sedation and intubation to administer gas anaesthetic. 
  3. Scaling and Polishing -  While under anesthetic, your pet’s entire mouth will be completely examined, and a thorough scaling and polishing will be performed, including under the gumline where the majority of bacteria is found.
  4. Thorough monitoring of the patient during anaesthesia, including heart rate, blood pressure and level of oxygen in the blood.
  5. Extractions if necessary, followed by sutures if required. 
  6. Release – at the end of the day, your pet will be released and any questions you have will be answered by your veterinarian.
  7. Recheck post surgery