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What can we learn from the Westminster Dog Show?

  February 18, 2019

Last week the Highest Honours in Dog breeding were at stake as the celebrated Westminster Dog show ran for 2019. For those of you that are avid fans I need not tell you how big this competition is. But for those of you that have never heard of it let me give you a summary. The Westminster dog show is where all the biggest breeders meet, every year, to showcase their dogs and compete for a mult (...)

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So my dog needs his teeth cleaned! Now what?

  February 11, 2019

So my dog needs his teeth cleaned! Now what? There are 2 very different kinds of dental cleaning currently available to pets and their Owners. Cosmetic Dental Cleaning - This type of cleaning is becoming popular as it is done with the pet awake, without the use of anesthesia, and is available (...)

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Why Does My Pet's Breath Smell?

  February 04, 2019

February is Dental Health month! Dental disease is very prevalent among our pets and, just like with us, is very important to their overall health. Why do so many of our pets have dental disease? The reasoning is very simple and often overlooked. Our pets don't brush! Do they need to? Yes (...)

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Are Essential Oils Safe For My Pets?

  January 28, 2019

Essential oils are becoming more and more mainstream with people searching for healthier, cleaner and more natural alternatives. However, even though these oils are becoming more and more popular in human medicine are they safe for our pets? Essential oils are naturally occurring oils in plan (...)

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What you need to know about cannabis for pets!

  January 18, 2019

When it comes to cannabis use in pets, there are some important things that pet parents need to be aware of. Dr. Sandler, CEO & Founder of Grey Wolf Animal Health breaks it down for you. Cannabis is a plant that is made up of hundreds and hundreds of chemical compounds – the two main phytocannabi (...)

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My Pet Is Overweight! What Can I Do?

  January 14, 2019

In keeping with our New Year's resolution theme, many of us are taking some time to consider our diets and the effects that they have had on us - both positive and maybe not so positive. So why not take a few minutes to do the same with your pet to make sure that they start 2019 off on the right foo (...)

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Keeping your dog fit this year!

  January 07, 2019

And so it begins. 2019. And with it, for many people, comes new year’s resolutions. The most popular of these usually include weight loss, healthy rating and other lifestyle improvements. While most people focus on themselves, there is certainly no need to leave your pet out of the resolutions, es (...)

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Oh Baby it’s Cold Outside!

  January 01, 2019

Truth is, it’s a difficult time of year to continue regular walking habits. But with some attention to the weather it is possible to continue safely walking dogs through the winter and your dog will thank you for it! (More to come on that in the next few weeks.) There are 2 main things about the (...)

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Twas the night before Christmas

  December 24, 2018

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even the mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, with expectant noses and tails waiting quietly there The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While Kitty and Tigger purred n (...)

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Pet safe holiday gift wrapping!

  December 17, 2018

So in recent weeks we have discussed the treats that pets should avoid and how to keep the tree standing this holiday season. However, there is one more thing that is common at this time of year in almost every household - gifts! Whether gathered around a menorah, under a christmas tree or exchanged (...)

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Top 10 Things Your Pet Should AVOID Eating This Holiday Season

  December 10, 2018

Who doesn’t love the splash of red that a beautiful Poinsettia plant brings to the table, especially amid all the green and white of this holiday season. However, Poinsettias are one of our top 10 holiday food risks that we want your furry friends (dogs and cats) to avoid so that they stay safe this (...)

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How To Make Your Christmas Tree Pet Friendly!

  December 03, 2018

In pet world it’s the best time of year! The time of year when the hoomans decide to go out and cut down the biggest smelliest green spiky thing they can find and bring it inside! Not only do they bring in your own personal toilet, but then they fill the bottom of it with delicious water and make it (...)

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Holiday Gift Ideas For Your Pet

  November 26, 2018

And just like that the Fall season has given way to the winter landscape and the holiday season is on its way. It’s time to think about family, get-togethers, delicious meals and, of course, presents!! It is easy to find tons of different options for the pet lover on your list - from mugs to bree (...)

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Tick Health And Risks!

  November 16, 2018

It might be getting colder but it’s not time to forget about the threat of those little biting bugs...ticks! Although most people associate ticks with the summer months they are actually most active in the spring and the fall, where they can be found “questing” in the leaf litter looking for a hot m (...)

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Why Is My Dog Vomiting?

  November 12, 2018

There it is. Right between Thanksgiving and the December Holiday season. Vomit and diarrhea season. The idea seems strange at first, until you look deeper. Deeper into those big piles of leaves that are hiding well, everything delicious. What’s under there that could pose such a problem for your (...)

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How Can I Help My Dog Recover From A Muscle Injury Or Sprain?

  November 02, 2018

It’s Saturday afternoon and you are playing “chuck-it” with your dog in the local field when he yelps and lies down. Eventually he gets up and brings the ball back to you, but he is limping on his back leg, and badly. Uh-oh, now what? What can you do when your dog gets an injury - like a sprain, cru (...)

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Keeping Your Cat Safe This Halloween!

  October 29, 2018

They are strong, they are beautiful and they look like miniature Jaguars. They are the black cats. This past October 27th was National Black Cat day, appropriately placed just a stone's throw away from Halloween. These beautiful cats were once revered in Egyptian times. As well, in Celtic mythol (...)

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How To Keep Your Dog Safe This Halloween!

  October 21, 2018

It’s that creepy time of year again when the leaves fall, the air turns crisp and the ghouls and ghosts come out to haunt! But for our dogs this time of year can be as scary as a visit from Michael Myers himself. Walking my own dog down the street yesterday morning I watched as we rounded a corner (...)

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How To Tell The Difference Between Outdoor And Feral Cats?

  October 15, 2018

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 elusive, stayin (...)

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How to treat your dog safely at Thanksgiving!

  October 05, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (...)