To answer the question: “Is freeze-dried raw pet food any different than fresh or frozen raw diets, from a microbiological standpoint?” please visit the Worms and Germs Blog from the University of Guelph.
When looking to adopt a new dog, please be careful and "do your homework". Please visit the Worm and Germs Blog which outlines how puppy mills are opening their own rescue organizations to adopt out their dogs.
Spring is the time to think about parasite prevention!
As soon as the outdoor temperature is above 4°C for a few days, the ticks will start to stir. The fleas and mosquitoes won't be far behind.
Call us today to arrange flea, tick and heartworm prevention for your pet!
Fleas can cause anemia (low red blood cell count), flea allergy dermatitis (terrible itching and sores) and can spread tapeworms and other infections. Learn more here.
Ticks are stealthy, little blood suckers that carry Lyme Disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and other worrisome diseases. Learn more here...
Heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes. Prevention is much preferred to treatment, as once the adult worms are present in your pet's heart and lungs, serious damage can occur. Learn more here...
Visit the Pet Health Network's prevalence maps to find out how many cases of tick-borne disease and heartworm disease have been diagnosed in your area.
We can recommend safe and highly effective flea, tick and heartworm preventives for your dog and your cat.
Call us today to start protecting your pet!
Centennial Animal Hospital (705) 645-3077
Gravenhurst Veterinary Services (705) 687-5158
Children’s Activity Fundraiser for OVC Pet Trust
Join us at:
Centennial Animal Hospital
March 25, 2018, 2-4 pm
1008 South Monck Drive, Bracebridge, ON
Fix Toys & Help Animals
Have your child bring their damaged stuffed toy for a surgical repair by one of our veterinarians.
There is a suggested donation of $5 to OVC Pet Trust.
OVC Pet Trust is a charitable foundation devoted to helping our pets live longer, healthier
lives. Donations are used to fund research into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease
exclusively for companion animals.
In 2018, we are excited to present 5 NEW ways for you to stay connected with us...
1) Visit our NEW and IMPROVED website: www.centennialah.ca where you will have access to helpful articles, videos and tips via the Pet Health Network.
2) Wellness Appointment Notifications and Appointment Confirmations
3) Petly - A Secure Personal Health Webpage for your Pet
Activating your Petly page gives you direct access to the following, 24 hours a day:
5) Coming April 2, 2018 - myvetstore.ca
If you would like to start receiving communications from us via email or text, or if you would like an invitation to activate your pet's Petly page, just ensure we have your most up-to-date contact information.
2018 Will be an exciting year to Connect with Us!
What is canine influenza (dog flu)?
Canine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by canine influenza virus (CIV). The strain that is affecting our area is identified as H3N2.
What are the clinical signs of canine influenza?
What is the duration of clinical signs?
Symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks. However, infected dogs can shed the virus for up to four weeks.
How is canine influenza spread?
This virus is spread through direct contact with other dogs, through the air from coughing and sneezing, on contaminated surfaces such as toys, or via contaminated humans with viruses on hands, clothing or other surfaces.
Where could my dog catch canine influenza?
Dogs can become infected with canine influenza anywhere that dogs socialize. Most commonly this includes: boarding facilities, doggie day care, training classes, dog parks, groomers or dog shows. It can even be picked up during walks while meeting other dogs or walking in areas where infected dogs have been.
What do I do if my dog is infected?
Unless your dog has a persistent high fever, stops eating, or has difficulty breathing, there is no specific treatment required other than “TLC”. Cough suppressants may be required. Antibiotics are only useful if a secondary bacterial respiratory infection develops.
Are certain dogs at an increased risk of severe disease?
Dogs that are at increased risk are the elderly or very young, immuno-compromised dogs, those with underlying heart or respiratory disease, and brachycephalic breeds such as bulldogs and pugs.
Can this virus infect other species?
This virus can infect ferrets and in rare cases, cats. There is currently no evidence that it can spread to people.
In November 2016, two of our Registered Veterinary Technicians, Tammy and Maryke, had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica! They were in Playa Blanca in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica working with Hawksbill and Pacific Green sea turtles with an organization called LAST (Latin American Sea Turtles). They worked hands on with turtles, as well as helped to maintain and monitor the turtles' habitat and ecosystem that they rely on for survival. Each day presented new tasks such as ensuring that garbage was off the beaches, as this is harmful for the turtles, collecting mangrove seeds so they can be planted in the nursery, transporting mangrove trees from the nursery and planting them for further growth, and educating the public about littering as it is harmful to the turtles and other creatures of the sea.
Some of the other days were dedicated “beach days” which included boating out to a secluded area for the day where they would net and track the turtles. Netting and tracking the turtles allows LAST to monitor where the turtles travel and the frequency with which they pass through those specific areas. LAST has permits for 7 locations along the coast to put nets down so that they can accomplish this. Each turtle that has been netted, is thoroughly examined to ensure it is healthy, measurements are recorded so they can be compared to previous measurements, tagged so that it can be tracked if netted again in the future, and then released.