Thunderstorms and Your Pet

Summer’s beautiful weather is upon us and with the warmer weather comes the fear of the dreaded thunderstorms. This fear usually resonates higher with our four legged friends. Thunderstorms can seem like no big deal to us but to our pets it can be the complete opposite. Thunderstorms are more commonly known to have an impact in dogs than in cats. Pets can develop this fear at a very early age, but one random night with lots of thunder...

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Warm weather brings increased risk for tick-borne disease

Spring is definitely here and with it comes the warm weather we have all been waiting for!  We all want to spend more time outside now with our pets, but being in the great outdoors can expose them to ticks, mosquitoes and the diseases that they carry.  We have already seen ticks come in to the clinic on dogs this year and forecasters are predicting that this year we will have an increased tick population to contend with. Did you know that...

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Why does my pet need to leave the exam room?

It may sound scary, or even seem overwhelming, when you are in the exam room with your pet and the veterinarian says “I just need to take Fluffy out of the room…”.  The veterinarian may say this for a number of very good reasons, so when you see your beloved pet taken out of the exam room, don’t be frightened.  It is not always something serious, and you can be sure that your pet will be treated with care and respect! If your pet is...

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Celebrating Seniors

Our hospital is dedicated to making the most current veterinary health care practices available to your pet.  Comprehensive physical examinations, vaccinations, parasite prevention and excellent nutrition all contribute to the health and well being of our precious pets.  As a part of providing the best preventative health care to pets, we also encourage clients to have bloodwork and a urine analysis (or “wellness” profile) done on their...

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Ostrander Staff Active in Continuing Education

Here at the Ostrander Veterinary Clinic, we believe it is our responsibility to remain current and progressive in veterinary medicine.  Much of this is done through continuing education through online articles and subscriptions, monthly “hot topic” staff meetings as well as various conferences and courses offered throughout the year.  Some of the upcoming continuing education events include: Ontario Association of Veterinary...

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Importance of Physical Examinations at Vaccination Time

Pets age faster than we do, therefore, a year in the life a companion animal can be anywhere from 5 to 7 years in a human, and most people would not go that long without having a physical examination. In pets, many small yet detrimental changes can occur from one year to the next. These changes often go unnoticed until the condition worsens or becomes life threatening. Veterinarians are trained to look for these changes in pets during routine...

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