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How To Tell The Difference Between Outdoor And Feral Cats?


  October 15, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

In honor of Feral Cat Day, October 16th, we wanted to take some time to discuss feral cats. Who are these cats, where do they come from, and how are they different from outdoor cats? Feral cats are cats that live exclusively outside and fend for themselves. They are both aloof and ellusive, staying as far away from humans as they can. They live either on their own or in colonies, hunting or sca (...)

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How to treat your dog safely at Thanksgiving!

  October 05, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

On this weekend of Thanksgiving, food becomes a big part of our celebrations. Amid all the hub and festivities, we must pause to wonder - who is under the table looking for droppings, scoping out the food left on the coffee table and desperately hoping that the green bin lid is left open? Our furry (...)

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Buying from a breeder vs. adopting from a rescue - Part 2

  October 01, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Just as there are many things that must be considered when choosing to purchase a puppy from a breeder, there must be at least as much, if not more thought, being put into adopting or rescuing a dog. One of the first things that must be considered is what kind of dog are you wanting for your fami (...)

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Buying from a breeder vs. adopting from a rescue - Part 1!

  September 25, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

The #adoptdontshop movement has become ubiquitous amongst the pet community. While the movement has good intentions, it’s important to promote responsible pet ownership, regardless of whether you adopt a dog from a rescue, humane society or breeder. This week and next, we’ve decided to focus on buy (...)

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Exploring the use of cannabis in veterinary medicine

  September 06, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

With the impending legalization of cannabis, Canadian pet owners may soon have the opportunity to consider using medicinal cannabis for their pets. Similar to the human medicinal market, high-quality, pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products can be an option integrated into veterinary practice to supp (...)

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Does My Cat Need A Friend?

  August 27, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Cats are unique creatures who have distinct personality and character traits. As every cat owner knows, no two cats are the same! What works for one may not work for another, and rarely are there reasons that people can determine, for their preferences. Some cats may prefer a solitary life, while o (...)

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How To Keep Fido Happy While You're At Work

  August 20, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

If you’re a working dog owner, you’re most likely familiar with the feeling of workday guilt when you have to leave your pup alone in the house. For dog owners who are unable to utilize a dog walker or doggy daycare, fret not. We’ve put together some tips and tricks to keep your dog relaxed and preo (...)

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Living With Cat Allergies

  August 13, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

10% of North Americans suffer from pet-related allergies, and cat allergies are known to be twice as common as dog related allergies. The leading cause of cat allergies is a protein called Fel d 1, which is found within the cat’s fur and is spread throughout the home. If you’re living with cats an (...)

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Got Skunked? Here's How To Fight The Stink

  August 07, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Why Do Skunks Spray? Skunks are extremely defensive animals - you would be, too, if you were short, slow and partially blind. These striped mammals have evolved some fascinating defensive mechanisms over the years that have helped protect them from predators and unsuspecting pooches. The most wel (...)

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My Dog Ate Chocolate! Now What?

  July 27, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Why is chocolate toxic to dogs? Chocolate is produced by the beans of a cocoa plant and includes two dangerous compounds; theobromine and caffeine. Both compounds act as a heart and nervous-system stimulant, very similar to their effects in humans. However, dogs and cats are unable to metabolize (...)

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I Have A Fat Cat! What Should I Do?

  July 20, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Obesity in domestic cats is so common that it often goes unnoticed. However, the reality is that over 60% of North American cats are overweight and most of these cases are caused by overfeeding and a lack of exercise. While we love to spoil our pets with treats and extra snacks, allowing them to b (...)

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July Is Lost Pet Prevention Month!

  July 16, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Did you know that July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month? This movement was created to educate pet parents about loss prevention and increase the likelihood of reuniting with your pet if they get lost. In light of this month, we’ve decided to compile a list of helpful tips to keep in mind when (...)

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Don’t Worm Your Way Out Of Parasite Prevention!

  July 09, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Most of us are familiar with the dreaded heartworm. After all, we all spend hundreds on its treatment and prevention every year! While the parasitic heartworm thrives in hot, humid environments and is mostly associated with its plague against Southern United States, Canada sees hundreds of cases per (...)

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Why Is My Dog Eating Grass?

  July 03, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Is your dog notorious for munching on grass as though it’s as tasty as a t-bone steak?! Whether it’s muddy grass, dead grass, long grass, or green grass, it all seems to look delicious. So the big question is: why?! Grass-eating is a common behaviour seen in dogs and up until this very day, remain (...)

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Canada Day Tips For Pet Parents

  June 25, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Oh, Canada! Canada Day is fast approaching this July 1, and we know you’re as proud as we are to celebrate our amazing nation. Unfortunately for our pups, Canada Day typically brings celebratory fireworks with it. While the loud noises and bright displays can be a blast for both kids and adults, fir (...)

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The Benefits of Having Pets in the Workplace

  June 18, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Here at the Healthy Pets office, our Chief Inspiration Officer, Bo, a 2-year-old Yellow Lab with a constant goofy grin, keeps the team smiling and laughing all day long. Thankfully, Bo is very well trained and relatively lazy during the day. He spends his time wandering amongst team members, looking (...)

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Where There's A Will There's A Wave

  June 11, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Taking advantage of the summer weather is something us Canadians are all too familiar with. Before we know it, the leaves will be falling and the winter tires will be back on. In preparation of this, we recommend a heavy dose of beach days. Below is a list of our favorite dog-friendly beaches right (...)

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A Pet Parents Guide To Road Trips

  June 01, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Road trips are always more fun with someone to enjoy the ride with. If that someone is a four-legged family member, we’ve rounded up a few extra steps to ensure their safety and happiness while on the road! Keep Your Pets Safe And Secure A 60-pound dog can become a 3000-pound projectile in a car (...)

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Why Is My Cat Meowing?

  May 27, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Kittens meow to their mothers when they’re hungry, cold, scared or uncomfortable. As kittens reach adulthood, they develop other forms of communication. Hissing, howling, purrs, chirps and growling is reserved for cat-to-cat communication, whereas meowing is mostly used for cat-to-people communicati (...)

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Keeping Your Dog Safe From Giardia

  May 22, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Cottage season is upon us! While that’s certainly reason to celebrate, pet owners should be informed of the increased risks to dogs and cats that come with warmer weather and venturing away from home. Many parasites thrive in warm, moist environments, and Ontario provides ideal living conditions for (...)

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How To Chill Out With Your Pet This Summer

  May 14, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Heading to the cottage this weekend? We don’t mean to be a buzzkill, but the warmer temperatures and increase in humidity can pose multiple threats to our pets. Below are 5 tips to help protect pets from the summer heat and keep them comfortable! Keep your house and apartment as cool as possible. (...)

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Does Your Pet Suffer From Seasonal Allergies?

  May 07, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Similar to us, pets can be affected by environmental changes throughout the year. Spring brings warmer weather, stronger sun, and a huge sense of relief. But it also reintroduces ragweed, grasses, pollens, dangerous molds and budding trees. Those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies know that th (...)

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World Veterinary Day 2018

  April 30, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

World Veterinary Day April 28th, 2018 was the 18th annual World Veterinary Day. World Veterinary Day was created in April 2000 by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) to recognize and promote the lifesaving work performed by veterinarians around the world. Each year, the WVA chooses a theme of (...)

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5 Ways To Go Green With Your Pet

  April 23, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

This past Sunday, April 22th was Earth Day. We love that there is an entire day devoted to environmental protection, but we at Healthy Pets like to be mindful of our planet’s well-being throughout the year. With that in mind, we have compiled the following list of 5 ways to reduce your pets carbon (...)

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Saved By The Scruff

  April 16, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Adopting a dog or cat has become a huge movement across North America, and Healthy Pets is proud to support it any way we can. One of Toronto’s most influential rescue groups, Save Our Scruff, is hosting their second annual Scruff Social this Saturday, April 21, and we are pleased to be the presenti (...)

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How Healthy Pets Found Itself Under the Fire of the Dragons’ Den

  March 27, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

The time has come! Healthy Pets is officially launching this week! In conjunction with the air date of our Dragons’ Den episode this Thursday, March 29th, we wanted to take a trip back in time to where it all began, and dive into how Healthy Pets became the leader of the #pettech revolution. As a (...)

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Tick Tock! Protect Your Pets Against Lyme Disease Before It’s Too Late!

  March 27, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

There are two different species of ticks here in Ontario: the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), and the Black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis). Once attached to a host, ticks can remain feeding for up to 10 days before reaching maximum engorgement. Like mosquitos, ticks are hosts themselve (...)

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The F-word

  March 27, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

While spring may bring warmer weather, longer days, and an overall sense of relief from winter, it also brings increased health risks to dogs and cats. Along with higher temperatures and wetter conditions, spring leaves your pets extra vulnerable to parasites and infections. During the month of Marc (...)

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Does My Cat Really Love Me?

  March 27, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

They say dogs offer unconditional love, whereas with cats you have to earn it. So true! Cats are paw-sitively more complex than dogs. Unless it’s mealtime, it can be difficult to interpret what your cat is trying to say. Below are six common ways our felines communicate with us. 1. Purring Purri (...)

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Early Warning Signs of Pet Cancer

  March 27, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

In conjunction with Pet Cancer Awareness month, we’re profiling the early warning signs of cancer in pets. While these warning signs do not automatically equate a cancer diagnosis, it’s important to be aware of the fact that cancer affects pets too. Cancer is the number one disease-related killer of (...)

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How to Potty Train Your Puppy!

  March 27, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Oh, puppies! Cute, cuddly and easy, right?! Wrong. Anyone who has ever brought a new puppy home knows they are as equally cute and troublesome. Potty training is no exception. Are you ready to start potty training your puppy? Let’s look at some top techniques below. No matter which technique you (...)

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Does Your Cat Have a Paw Problem?

  March 27, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Did you know that paw pads on the bottom of cats feet are actually thickened layers of fat and tissue? They also help provide traction, and act as shock absorbers for the bones, tendons and ligaments of the limb. Since cats use their paws for a variety of tasks, including movement, hunting and playi (...)

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Pet Insurance: What You Need to Know

  March 27, 2018
 Posted by: Emma

Pets, much like their human companions, may need emergency procedures due to unexpectedly falling ill. Life insurance covers most of the cost for human members of the family, but our four-legged friends are not automatically covered and are subject to rising veterinary costs. Have you thought about (...)