Chia good for more than pets

If hearing the word chia brings back images of fuzzy green pets of the 80s and 90s you are not alone. Fortunately this small but mighty seed has come a long way since those days. In recent years the chia seed has been recognized as a super food rather than a super pet, due to […]

Dentistry and sleep disorders

Sleep is a behavioural state that is a natural part of every person’s life. In fact, we spend about a third of our lives asleep. Although sleep and its roles are still poorly understood by the medical community, we do know that it is an essential activity that is required for normal daily functioning. We […]

Up your intake of Vitamin D

Winter is fast approaching bringing with it the colder weather and darker days. Many of us in Canada will embrace the ice and snow to enjoy the sunshine and various outdoor activities. But regardless of our outdoor fun, over the winter months the lack of skin exposure to the sun and our position on the […]

How do you know your pet is ill?

I mentioned in my last article something all vets hear pretty frequently from owners: “Wouldn’t it be so much easier if they could talk?” I wrote about how this affects the difficult decisions pet owners face at the end of a beloved pet’s life. Since then I have been asked to elaborate on just how […]

Enjoy Ontario apples for taste and health

Fall is on its way bringing colder weather and beautiful colours. And while I enjoy the change of seasons, what I really look forward to is the arrival of Ontario apples. Harvested from September to November, apples make a delicious and healthy snack food. And from all the recent data it appears that the old […]

Foundation helps pet owners in need

What happens when a pet gets sick or injured and needs care but the pet’s owner simply does not have the financial resources to get proper medical attention? This scenario arises from time to time and is a very difficult and often saddening situation for pet owners and veterinary care teams. Veterinary care is expensive, […]

Food for thought on chewing gum

During the past year, Canadians spent approximately $500 million on chewing gum. Based on the average price of a pack of gum, that translates to 4 billion pieces of gum, or 120 pieces per year for every Canadian! Of course, not everyone chews gum – and that means that the ‘hard core’ gum chewers are […]

Kale a truly super superfood

Juiced, chopped, sautéed, added to soups or baked into chips, kale has taken the spotlight as a super ‘superfood.’ And it deserves the title as a nutritional powerhouse. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, it can be easily added into many dishes or even baked into an afternoon super snack such as a kale chip […]

Steal the thunder from anxious dogs

Finally it seems like summer is just around the corner! While the warmer weather means lots of great things for the people and pets of our great neighborhood, it also brings with it a season that can be a real cause of stress and anxiety for our canine companions. Many dogs suffer from anxiety related […]

Eat, drink and be cavity-free

We all know that sugary foods and drinks cause cavities.  However, our understanding of the science of nutrition and preventive dental health has evolved considerably from this simplistic statement. With that in mind, here are a few friendly nutritional guidelines to help prevent cavities. Acid causes cavities The sugar in your diet is only indirectly […]