Hardy is an aptly-named and lovely 7-month old Bernese Mountain dog who recently arrived at our Emergency Room after eating a large amount of raisins and two pounds of Crisco (vegetable shortening)! That night his owner discovered more than 50 raisins in his stool along with some paper towel remnants.
Blood work was done to rule out the two concerns that could arise from the ingestion of these two separate potential trouble-makers:
- Raisins or grapes, which can cause kidney failure. (The mechanism by which raisins or grapes cause kidney injury is unknown).
- Ingestion of high amounts of fat (from the Crisco) can cause pancreatitis.
Hardy was treated with IV fluids, monitored and was discharged home after a couple of days. He was very lucky, but not all dogs are. We have seen dogs succumb to pancreatitis, despite our best efforts.
Pancreatitis can strike fear in the heart of emergency/critical … Continue reading
Easter is around the corner and we’ve already had two cases of lily toxicity here at Canada West. Now is the time to review how certain species of lilies cause kidney failure in our feline friends.
It has been pointed out that every time holidays roll around I’m doom and gloom about the possible hazards. Fair enough! There’s a reason we call them the “chocolate holidays”. But while most people now know to keep chocolate away from dogs, they may not know that the lily they were given might kill their cat.
Several species of lilies are toxic to cats, including Easter lilies, Stargazer, Tiger, Japanese, Asian and day lilies. The toxic species are either from the lilium family or the Hemerocallis family (true and day lilies)
It is important to note that all parts of the lily (the flowers, pollen, leaves and stems) are toxic in even very small … Continue reading
The mischievous Bruce Wayne recently visited the Canada West Emergency Room under less than ideal circumstances. Bruce Wayne is a young French bulldog described by his owners as having an extremely quirky personality and a sincere love of eating. He had been found chewing on a new bottle of Naproxen (sold under the brand names “Aleve” and “Naprosen” among others) with the lid off and with the coating licked off of several pills. It was unclear how many pills Bruce might have eaten, but it was reported that it may have been up to ten pills.
Naproxen is part of the family of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-imflammatories (NSAIDs) and discussed in more detail in our recent post on mobility for older dogs. Prior to the development in recent years of more specific animal-approved NSAIDS, naproxen was occasionally used in dogs but at much lower dose and much less frequency … Continue reading
We have seen 3 cases of canine parvovirus (CPV) in the past few weeks.
Parvovirus is one of the most common causes of infectious diarrhea in puppies and young dogs. It is a highly contagious and often fatal disease. Certain breeds are more susceptible, as are dogs with other concurrent issues (parasites or other intestinal disease-causing bacteria).
Vaccination is effective but there can be complications with giving the vaccine too early (it may not be effective because of the maternal antibodies and there is a period of time where the pup may not be protected). Please speak to your family veterinarian about a particular vaccine regimen and the period of time to keep the pups with mom so that they can benefit from passive immunity
Until the full series of vaccine is complete, it is recommended to keep pups away from dog parks or socializing with unvaccinated dogs.
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**ALERT – DOG PET PARENTS**
Hills Pet Nutrition – Voluntary Dog Food Recall Extended to Canada Feb 1, 2019
Canada West received notice within the past 24 hours that some batches of canned dog food produced by Hills Pet Nutrition are under a voluntary recall notice that has been extended to Canada.
The issue concerns a Hills supplier error resulting in the potential for elevated vitamin D levels that was confirmed after an investigation carried out by Hills.
Read the full notice that includes information about symptoms, prognosis and what to do to obtain a refund on the products purchased HERE: [https://www.hillspet.ca/en-ca/productlist]
Canada West has removed the following products from our shelves:
C/D Canine multicare 12.5 oz
I/D Canine 13oz
K/D Canine 13oz
Z/D Canine 13oz
Science Diet Adult Chicken and Beef Entree
Pet Parents, if you purchased any of the products listed above from Canada West
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As promised in our previous post on living with geriatric pets, this is a look at modifying the environment for the aging dog and making sure they aren’t in pain. Pets that are in pain don’t get as much exercise as they would otherwise, and as with people are more likely to have other health issues including weight gain, skin problems, urinary tract infections, and muscle wasting. In other words, pain contributes to the overall frailty associated with old age. Pain can also hinder efforts to have a full bowel movement; a painful pet may defecate only enough to relieve the pressure in the colon but not enough to fully empty their bowels. As they sleep, the sphincter relaxes and then when they get up, the abdominal pressure/relaxed sphincter combination can result in fecal incontinence.
If you’ve noticed a change in behaviour in your dog, is it “something” or … Continue reading