Distemper outbreak in Toronto wildlife

Recently there has been media attention to an issue that has been building over the past two years. Urban wildlife, including raccoons and skunks, are becoming sick and dying from a virus that also causes disease in companion animals such as dogs and ferrets. Distemper virus is still very present in our environment.

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Holistic VS Homeopathic- what’s the difference?

Differences between Holistic, Integrative, Naturopathic, Alternative and Homeopathic therapies and practices […]

Talk to Your Vet

More and more, people are playing an active role in the health care of their animal companions. It is important to work closely with your veterinarian to achieve the best possible level of health care for your pet. An important part of this partnership is clear communication. Ask the right questions and you […]

Arthritis therapy: Integrative approach

Many patients I see suffer from joint pain, loss of mobility, stiffness, and decreased quality of life due to degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis. A multimodal approach is required for this very challenging condition. Usually an increase in mobility, a decrease in pain and a much better quality of life results. Key modalities are diet, acupuncture, cold-laser therapy, herbal supplements, nutraceuticals, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and non-sedating narcotics. Physical therapy is helpful for improving mobility and building back muscle strength lost due to inactivity. For the very difficult cases, nerve-pain drugs such as Amantadine and Gabapentin are added. Surgery is needed when there is significant joint instability, bone chips in the joint space or for hip replacement. […]

Stem-cell therapy: successful procedure in the news

Read the article on Chip’s recovery from crippling arthritis in The Toronto Star, July 18, 2009 (you’ll need to scroll the frame below the photo):

FRED THORNHILL FOR THE TORONTO STAR

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Her philosophy is refreshing

Rona has on more than on occasion impressed us with the level of care she has provided for our pets. She has made herself available at times when I wouldn’t expect a response from any other vet. Her philosophy is refreshing I appreciate the way that she always personalizes her advice to each […]

Good Dog! Treat Biscuits

½ cup apples ½ cup carrots 2 tbsp. FSA* 1.25 cups EACH brown rice flour, barley flour and Millet flour 3 tbsp. sunflower seed oil 1 pinch kelp or spirulina

Cook apples and carrots in water or chicken broth, drain, then puree.

Add in oil then flour, roll out dough and cut […]

Betsy-Wetsy diet: Urinary incontinence

In a large pot with adequate water boil up:

4 cups watercress 1 cup parsley (Italian) 6 cloves garlic 1 cup celery 2 cups Azuki beans ½ cup green onions ½ tsp. ginger powder ½ cup dried Shiitake mushrooms 1 cup pearl barley 1 cup green beans 2 cups cabbage 2 cups soup […]

Creaky Old Bones diet: Arthritis

Step 1: Make the broth

In a large pot place

12 cups of water 2 cups of Oxtails 2 cups of pork soft rib bones 1 cup diced celery 1 tsp. ginger powder 4 tbsp. fresh basil 6 cloves of garlic 6 tbsp. natural rice or cider vinegar

Bring to the boil […]

Heat Stress and your Dog

 

HEAT EXHAUSTION Heat Exhaustion occurs with exercise, particularly on hot, humid days. The symptoms are similar to those of heat stroke, but may not be associated with an elevation in body temperature, as is the case with heat stroke. Dogs more at risk are dogs with short, flattened noses, such as […]