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Home, hazardous home

December 19th, 2011

What’s in your home that’s hazardous to your pet’s health? Three specialists at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine — Drs. Mark Wickstrom, Jennifer Ogeer and Dennilyn Parker — talk about what makes some common foods and products harmful to your pets, the common clinical signs to watch for, and the therapies that veterinarians use to counteract the toxic effects …

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Dentistry canine teeth

Xylitol-based water additives: safe for pets

Xylitol, a natural sugar substitute, is added to some oral hygiene products for humans including chewing gum, toothpaste and mouthwash. With 40 per cent less calories than regular sugar, xylitol is also commonly found in human diet and baking products – advertised as safe for diabetics and other individuals with high blood glucose levels. Although it has no known toxicity …

December 05th, 2011 Full story »

A splash of prevention

My cat has terrible breath. I try to follow the veterinarian’s orders by brushing her teeth, but she’s pretty feisty – even at 17 years old. A few scratches later, and with me dripping in sweat, I usually have to give up. But there might be a simpler alternative: my pet may be able to get a healthier mouth from …

December 02nd, 2011 Full story »