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BC Pet Identification: Tattoo or Microchip?

May 28, 2015

Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital Pet ID TattooIf you've brought your cat or dog in to be spayed or neutered at the Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital, you've heard us ask whether or not you would like to have him or her tattooed at no additional charge while under anesthetic. Regardless of your answer, you may have more questions about why we tattoo o…

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Oral Flea and Tick Treatment for Dogs: Bravecto

May 7, 2015

Bravecto flea and tick treatment for dogsA few months ago, we told you about Comfortis, a new oral flea treatment for cats and dogs. Many of our clients (and staff) have tried Comfortis and have been pleased with the ease of administration and results. We are pleased to announce that we are now carrying a new oral parasite treatment calle…

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Canine Obesity – A fat dog Isn’t Necessarily a Happy dog

February 12, 2015

Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital advises you to keep your pet a healthy weight to avoid problems associated with obesity

By Dr. Jill Harrison

Weight management is a constant topic of discussion and thought in society, but the topic is seldom expanded to include our household critters. Canine obesity can lead to dramatic changes in various body systems such as bone and joint health, heart and lung function, immu…

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To Spay or not to Spay?

January 14, 2015

Dr. Pamela Damon observes a colleague performing a spay surgery at Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital

We all know that having our female pets spayed prevents unwanted pregnancies and inhibits heat cycles, which can be difficult for both pet and owner. However, there are several other, more serious medical conditions that spaying can also help prevent. Unfortunately, we have seen a few cases of p…

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New Oral Flea Treatment: Comfortis

January 7, 2015

Comfortis oral flea treatment for dogs and cats is available from your veterinarianThose of you that were disappointed to find out that Program was no longer available in Canada will be happy to know that there is a new oral flea treatment available. It is called Comfortis and is manufactured and distributed by Elanco. Like most flea treatment products, Comfortis is designed to …

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Holiday Pet Precautions

November 28, 2014

Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital offers tips on how to keep your pet safe during the holidaysBy Dr. Jill Harrison

It’s all Fun and Games until you end up at Emergency

The holidays are a time of generosity and giving, but there are a few things you should avoid sharing with your pet this season.  Some of the most commonly encountered holiday dangers are festive houseplants such as ho…

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Time to say Goodbye?

November 19, 2014

Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital staff strive to make the euthanasia process as painless as possible for both you and your beloved petEuthanasia - it's a word that no one likes to hear or say, but it is a word that comes up on a daily basis at a veterinary hospital. Nor is it a fun topic to write about, but we have had several of our clients suggest that they would appreciate an article about end of life decisions and procedures.

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Dogs and Heatstroke

June 3, 2014

Of course, all responsible dog owners know NOT TO LEAVE THEIR DOG(S) IN THE CAR IN THE SUMMER. Without fail, though this fact is hammered into us every year once the temperatures start to heat up. Unfortunately, these warnings are often prompted by yet another tragic tale of someone who did not heed…

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Holiday Pet Safety - Easter

April 16, 2014

Another holiday season is upon us, complete with friends, family, food and festivities. As they are part of our families, most of us naturally want to include our pets in the fun, but, as we mentioned near Halloween and Christmas, holidays can be hazardous to our four legged friends. Keep your pet s…

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How to Choose a Puppy

February 4, 2014

Are you thinking of welcoming a new dog to your family? Here's some insight from Dr. Brett Hayward on what you should be thinking about and what to look for in a new canine pal.

The Usual Stuff

There are plenty of articles that go through the mental mechanics of finding a puppy that will grow to …

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Include your Pet in Your New Year's Resolutions

January 16, 2014

Happy New Year to you and yours from all of us at the Nanaimo Veterinary Hospital. With the joy (and sometimes stress that comes along with it) of the holidays now securely behind us, many people now look toward making a “fresh start” to the New Year, which also involves making New Year’s resolution…

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Christmas Pet Safety Tips

December 12, 2013

It seems like it was just a short while ago that we were warning you about the potential dangers of Halloween, and now another holiday season, fraught with potential dangers for our four-legged family members, is upon us. Naturally, it’s not all doom and gloom – Christmas is about joyful times with …

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How to Treat Fleas

November 6, 2013

One of the downsides to living in one of the most temperate climates in North America is that fleas can (and sometimes do) live year round. This means that, while we don’t have to worry about our pets getting potentially fatal heartworm, we do have to worry about those tenacious, annoying, itchy scr…

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Halloween Pet Safety

October 18, 2013

Halloween is a time of tricks and treats for kids of all ages. Many of us get so caught up in the festivities that we get our dogs involved by dressing them up (like Snow White in the photo), or, conversely, forgetting that this time of year can be particularly stressful and dangerous for our four-l…

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Your Dog's Ears

October 16, 2013

Inside a dog’s ear canal is a place where you can’t see without a scope, and so there can be some mysteries about it when it gets sore, and this creates anxieties for dog owners. The dog will usually tell us that there is an ear problem by shaking his head, scratching at the affected ear, lowering t…

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Feature in Island Farm and Garden Magazine

May 27, 2013

As some of you may already know, our good doctor, Brett Hayward, was featured on the cover of the May/June issue of Island Farm and Garden magazine. His co-model is Shorty the border collie, who is belongs to Daria, the owner of Dog n' Suds daycare and grooming salon.

Inside the issue is an article…

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Your Veterinary Partner

April 10, 2013

If you've ever searched online for information on your pet's health issues, you've likely learned that it can often cause, rather than soothe, anxieties. While the Internet can be an excellent way get an immediate answer to a simple question, it is not always the best place to look for information r…

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