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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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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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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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