Ideally we recommend all patients have a negative heartworm test (a blood test) prior to starting heartworm preventive medication each spring. There are, of course, other factors to take into account such as cost, patient stress and your risk tolerance when making the decision whether or not to test every year. Making sure your dog is negative for heartworm prior
When is Pet Euthanasia the Right Step for Your Family?
Saying goodbye to a furry family member is by far the most difficult part of being a pet-parent. Still, it’s something that is an inevitable part of the journey; because their lives are shorter than ours it means we’re with them through every stage of life, from playful puppies and kittens into the golden years and beyond. The prospect
COVID-19 Service Updates and Coronavirus FAQ
In addition to all of the measures outlined in our recent August 20th, 2021 post, including twice weekly testing of all employees regardless of vaccination status, we have further increased our safety measures: As of Sept. 24th, 2021 vaccination against COVID-19 will be mandatory for all employees, rather than simply being strongly encouraged. It’s been
Does My Pet Really Need Parasite Medication Year-Round?
Living in Canada means we get to experience all 4 seasons in their full glory, whether we like it or not. Each season brings its own set of challenges, and these relate to our pets’ comfort and health as well as our own. Most pet parents are aware that parasites like fleas, ticks and heartworm pose a health risk
Reduce Pet Anxiety With Pre-Appointment Sedation
A visit to the doctor or dentist makes many of us anxious, and the same holds true for our furry family members during a visit with the veterinarian. Even more so, because pets don’t understand the reason behind the treatments we perform, things like vaccines, blood collection and even simple handling can be very scary to them. Unfortunately, one bad
Bland Diet Dog Food Recipes For Stomach Problems
The “bland” diet is a home-remedy that veterinarians have recommending to clients for ages, and it’s meant to help dogs who are experiencing signs of stomach upset (diarrhea and/or mild vomiting). We’ve put the term “bland” in quotations here since it’s not a well-defined term, yet it seems to be the one that is most commonly used. You could easily
Vet Telehealth and Telemedicine Services
If it’s late at night, and something is not quite right with Fido or Fluffy what should you do? If you know your pet is in crisis, we recommend you call or drive directly to your local emergency clinic as soon as possible. On the other hand, if you’re unsure whether or not your pet needs emergency treatment, but you don’t
Community Veterinary Outreach and Treatwell Pet Care
You may never have heard of Community Veterinary Outreach (CVO), but for clients who use their services, they are a ray of light and hope during difficult times. CVO is a registered Canadian charity based in Ottawa and operates in multiple regions across the country. The organization was founded in 2003 by Dr. Michelle Lem, who has since been
Lyme Disease and Tick Treatment For Your Pets
Tick populations have been on the rise across Canada for several years now, and like it or not, those buggers are here to stay. With this rise comes an increased risk of tick-borne illness like Lyme disease, which has received much attention in the media for the serious health effects it can have in people. But what about our pets?
How to Make Sure Your Pet Stays Off Santa’s Naughty List
December brings lots of holiday celebration, but nothing spoils good cheer like a knocked-over Christmas tree, or even worse, a trip to the emergency room for your pet. The Treatwell Team wants to help make sure you avoid all that humbug so your whole family can enjoy a very Happy Holiday season. Just keep on reading for a few tips
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