Sunday, 23 February 2020

Working our paws off for Naitional Cupcake Day!

Working our paws off for Naitional Cupcake Day!




Hazel and I have been hard at work, baking a difference for our local OSPCA for National Cupcake Day! Come visit me at Pembroke Animal Hospital to donate to a worthy cause and savour a few extra calories tomorrow, February 24 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. 

February 23: Best treats for International Dog Biscuit Day


Favourite treats: On International Dog Biscuit Day anything in paw-sible


By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez


If your dog is hounding you for treats on February 23, then your pooch could already know that it is International Dog Biscuit Day! Who started this strange holiday is a mystery, but all of your doggos will be grateful that this holiday pitter-pattered onto your calendar.

Not all treats are cut from the same bone-shaped cookie cutter- some are tasty but not very safe. When James Spratt of England invented the first dog biscuits in 1860, I’m certain that he had no idea that his patented ‘Meat Fibrine Dog Cakes’ would evolve into the dog treat industry that we see today. In modern times dog treats fill the shelves, and they are not all just grains and vegetables and ‘gelatinous prairie beef’ like Spratt’s recipe. The biscuit has evolved into chews, rawhides, freeze-dried organs meats, parts of animals and treats targeted to promote specific health benefits.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

How Pet Insurance Covers Heart Failure


How Pet Insurance Covers Heart Failure

Photo by Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez

By Stacey McIntyre-Gonzalez


Does your heart skip a beat when you see your dog? Mine sure does, because I love my crazy mutts! Perhaps it’s a subtle reminder that heart health is so important. Heart failure in dogs is caused by heart disease and can be very expensive to treat. It’s a life-long condition that includes chronic medication, veterinary visits and lifestyle changes. There are two primary ways the heart can fail, and some breeds are more prone to heart disease than others.

While heart failure is covered by pet insurance companies, there are some restrictions depending on the company or policy. Like all pet insurance policies, heart failure is not covered if it is a pre-existing condition. Since heart failure requires such extensive treatment, pet insurance is a great tool to have in your tool box. Managing heart disease is stressful enough, so having expensive veterinary bills covered can relieve some of that stress so you can focus on giving your canine companion some much deserved love!