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A Big Thank You!

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We just wanted to mention our sincere gratitude for the support shown at our Nail Trim Fundraiser this past weekend.

$1100 was raised to donate to Bullies In Need, which will be matched by the clinic for a total donation of $2200!!!  This was absolutely amazing and a big thank you goes out to everyone who came!

If you would like more information about the organization or would like to know if there are other ways you can help out please check out their website:

http://bulliesinneed.ca/

Please let us introduce you to Ryder!

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My name is Ryder and I am a 3.5 year old German Short Haired Pointer.  I have tons of energy and one of my most favourite things to do is run through the forest and take in all the different smells.  As you can see, I have a wonderful physique.  In order to stay looking so good I regularly visit Baker Animal Clinic for check-ups.  Many dogs do not like going to the doctor, but I love coming to Baker’s!!  The staff here are amazing.  They are always so happy to see me, give me lots of attention and make me feel very special.  I know when I come it means I might have to get a painful shot or two, but I barely even know when it is happening because the staff are quick, gentle and very kind (and because I know that I will soon be given a delicious treat).  The staff always make sure I am in perfect health and spend a lot of time teaching me how to stay this way.  I also love when Baker Animal Clinic has their fundraising $5 nail trim events!  I always look forward to going for my nail trims because it is important to look good both inside and out.  I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else for all of my health related needs.

A Note from Frankie

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I am a 2 year old neutered male. I am a very cuddly fellow and occasionally become very playful. If you listen closely you will hear me singing (purring)! I have a lovely personality but unfortunately I have not been well socialized with other pets so I would best be suited in a single pet household.

Please come visit me because I would love to find my forever home!!

 

Pet Week with Dr. Sutherland!

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Dr. Dave Sutherland was recently approached and asked to do a series of five mini videos for Pet Week at durhamregion.com.  The topics are practical pieces of advice that will come in handy when caring for your pet, from cleaning your dog’s ears to giving your cat a pill!  We will post links here as they come available, so keep checking back!

We hope you enjoy these clips!  Don’t hesitate to make a comment or contact the clinic with any questions!

http://www.durhamregion.com/videozone/1507807

http://www.durhamregion.com/videozone/1508274

http://www.durhamregion.com/videozone/1508142

 

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary

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8:00am – Dog food!  My favourite thing!

9:30am – A car ride!  My favourite thing!

9:40am – A walk in the park!  My favourite thing!

10:30am – Got rubbed and petted!  My favourite thing!

12:00pm – Lunch!  My favourite thing!

1:00pm – Played in the yard!  My favourite thing!

3:00pm – Wagged my tail!  My favourite thing!

5:00pm – Milk Bones!  My favourite thing!

7:00pm – Got to play ball!  My favourite thing!

8:00pm – Wow!  Watched TV with the people!  My favourite thing!

11:00pm – Sleeping on the bed!  My favourite thing!

 

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Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary….

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Day 983 of my captivity….

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.  They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.  Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.  In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet.  I had hoped that this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of.  However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am.  Bastards.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight.  I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event.  However, I could hear the noises and smell the food.  I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies’.  I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking.  I must try this again tomorrow – but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.  The dog receives special priviledges.  He is regularly released – and seems more than willing to return.  He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant.  I observe him communicating with the guards regularly.  I am certain that he reports my every move.  My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe.  For now…….

 

 

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UPDATE: Feline Spay/Neuter Voucher Program

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Helping pet overpopulation in Durham.  DURHAM — The Humane Society of Durham Region and local vets are doing their part to help the cat overpopulation crisis in the area with a new low-cost spay and neuter program. August 8, 2012.  Ron Pietroniro / Metroland

Helping pet overpopulation in Durham

Great initiative by Durham Humane Society, vets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DURHAM — A new joint initiative by the Humane Society of Durham Region and local vets to help cash-strapped pet owners get their cats spayed or neutered is a true example of what partnerships can do.

It’s no secret: cats that are not fixed hugely contribute to the cat overpopulation crisis. Yet there are still tons of kittens being born in Durham, which can pose a problem for both feral and domestic cats. This not only means yet another kitten with an uncertain future, but it gives the older cats living in shelters a raw deal. As much as adult felines need homes too, potential adopters often opt for a cute and playful kitten, leaving the older ones behind.

This new program that 42 vet clinics across Durham are participating in will help pet owners pay for the costly expense that can set cat owners back hundreds of dollars per procedure. Those eligible will receive a voucher and they’ll have to pay just $100 to have their cat spayed or $80 to have them neutered.

Humane society president Karin Martens was pleased to say five vouchers have already been given out since the program was launched Aug. 2.

“That’s potentially 75 kittens this year,” she said after figuring out how many litters could result from five cats that are not spayed or neutered.

The following people are eligible for the low-cost, cat spay-neuter assistance program: seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS); disabled individuals receiving the Ontario Disability Support Payment (ODSP) or the Canada Pension Plan Disability Payment (CPP Disability); participants of OVMA’s SafePet Program or women at risk of abuse who are entering a registered women’s shelter in Ontario; pets in care facilities for seniors such as supportive housing, retirement homes or long-term care homes in Ontario; and individuals receiving financial assistance through the Ontario Works program.

The process is done with total confidentiality. Pet owners should contact the Humane society, which will consider their application.

Please spread the word so people in need can take advantage of this great program.

Call 905-665-7430.

 

http://www.durhamregion.com/community/petsanimals/article/1459038–helping-pet-overpopulation-in-durham

Durham Fights Cat Overpopulation

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Cat overpopulation is a serious issue that affects Durham Region.  It was announced today that forty-two veterinary clinics in the area have volunteered to work together with the Durham Humane Society to combat this problem.  This is an exciting development and we are happy to be a part of such a great cause.  This initiative, called The Durham Region Spay/Neuter Voucher Program, will provide spay and neuter vouchers for individuals on limited income who meet certain criteria.  It is our hope that over time this will help reduce the number of stray and homeless cats and the burden on the Humane Society of Durham Region.  Please read the press release at the link below:

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1014423/veterinarians-partner-with-the-humane-society-of-durham-region-to-address-cat-overpopulation#

 

(Picture provided by Durham Humane Society.  This kitty, named Hawkeye, is available for adoption – contact the shelter for more information)

12 Reasons Why Your Pet Should be on Year Round Parasite Prevention

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1.  17% of children in a Halifax study were seropositive for toxacara canis (roundworm).

2.  Roundworm and whipworm eggs have been shown to overwinter at much lower temperatures than were originally thought possible, creating a persistent environmental hazard in your yard and potential for parasite infection in you and your pet.

3.  2 fleas, 2 days, 200 eggs, 2 months, 2000 fleas.

4.  There are approximately 300 cases of heartworm disease diagnosed in Ontario every year.  Heartworm is fatal to dogs and is 100% preventable.

5.  Treating dogs that are positive for heartworm requires consecutive injections with an arsenic agent that has a low margin of safety. 

6.  A dog infected with intestinal roundworms will often defecate more than 20,000 eggs/day, and although we work to clean up our yards, eggs remain behind.

7.  Raccoon roundworms can be easily transmitted to dogs and can be extremely dangerous to people as the larvae of these worms tend to travel to the central nervous system and cause blindness, severe brain damage, and in some cases, death.

8.  Fleas are a nuisance parasite that can infest your home.  Eggs, larvae and pupae live in the environment and bury themselves into dark quiet spaces including the base of your carpet, tile cracks and crevices, baseboard edges and places where your pet lies (including furniture).

9.  Flea eggs and larvae are microscopic, and appear only as “salt and pepper grains” to the naked eye… so you may not see them until they are really a problem.

10.  Mosquitos that go dormant in the winter months carrying heartworm, wake up in warmer, more humid conditions carrying heartworm and creating an uninterrupted lifecycle.

11.  The Companion Animal Parasite Council and the American Heartworm Society advocate for year round parasite prevention.  These expert groups advise that 12 months of prevention has been proven to best protect your pets and your family from the risk of the most common parasites.

12.  Twelve months of broad spectrum parasite prevention is a key component of a lifelong wellness approach to veterinary care, just as important as annual exams and appropriate

 

(Article provided by Novartis Animal Health)