AVAC AGM: Fall Weekend Intensive Advanced Acupuncture Course

Join your colleagues October 22-23, 2016 in downtown Toronto for the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists of Canada.

Dr. Neal Sivula, DVN, PhD, FAAVA will be lecturing on acupuncture from a neurological perspective for internal medicine, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.

Acupuncture case presentations and Round Table discussions to share […]

Study to explore lifelong health of Golden Retrievers

I was very excited to learn about this groundbreaking long-term study. It is unique in the collaboration of a very diverse group of company sponsors, and I believe it is is the first comprehensive longitudinal study in dogs. Similar studies in people, such as the Nurse’s Health Study, have revealed very important results […]

Cold weather exercise tips

As the weather gets colder, don’t shortchange your pets’ exercise needs. Smaller dogs and cats are happy to play fetch or chase inside the house, and up and down stairs if you have them. Spread meals or treats out in different rooms to make dinner or snack time it into a “hunting” game. […]

Pain is a Pain

Recently when suffering a barometric pressure-change headache I was thinking about pain in our companion animals. We can’t ask them where and how it hurts, if the pain is worse with certain activities or at certain times of day. As veterinarians we have to play detective, and try to figure things out with […]

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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Does she need to be vaccinated this year? Blood Titre test can help decision-making.

Recent studies have shown that most core vaccinations last longer than one year. One study found adequate serum antibody titres to last for at least 6 years for feline panleukopenia virus, 4 years for feline calcivirus, and 3 years for feline herpesvirus. Many veterinarians are now adjusting their vaccination protocols and determining the […]

Year of the Tiger

I want to dedicate this article to the memory of Clara, who left our world peacefully on Sunday Feb. 14th, surrounded by friends and companions. She was a real little tiger for all her 21 years, and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

We have entered the Year of the […]

The Magic Curing Pill

Are you looking for an easy quick solution to your pet’s health issues? Is your pet vomiting or having diarrhea? Does she have a dull, dry, itchy coat? Arthritis? Bad breath, dental disease, ear infections, flatulance, or runny eyes? Do you want a cheap, easy to give pill that would solve the […]

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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