Belmont Veterinary Services
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Introducing new Rayne diets and treats!

RayneWe now carry veterinary exclusive diets and treats from Rayne Clinical Nutrition.

Rayne foods are made without corn/wheat, animal-by-product, artificial colours, chemical preservatives or artificial flavours. Their great line of treats are also healthy and safe to feed dogs with any medical conditions. From their Rabbit and Kangaroo and Honey jerky treats to their Apple and Pumpkin biscuits, we’re sure there is something your pet will love.

If you think that Rayne is right for your pet, give us a call today or stop in to discuss what diet may be best suited for your pet!

Zuke’s Mini Naturals Now at Belmont Veterinary Services

We now carry Zuke’s Mini Naturals treats in roasted chicken, savory salmon and fresh peanut butter formulas. They are great for training or just for treating and wheat, corn and soy free! Why not try a bag today?

 

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Hairball Awareness Day!

We forgot to celebrate Hairball Awareness Day yesterday!

A hairball is formed by hair ingested when your cat grooms itself by licking his/her fur. Most of it passes through the GI tract without any problems. However, if some of the fur stays in the stomach, you cat must then vomit it back up to get rid of it – Not so pleasant for the cat or your carpet.

The best way to prevent hairballs is by regularly grooming your cat! We recommend either the Kong Zoom Groom for short-haired cats (which you can purchase at the clinic) or the Furminator, which can reduce shedding up to 90% (we can special order this in for you)!

We also sell laxatives that help hairballs move through the digestive tract.

Stop by the clinic and ask us about what you can do to help prevent hairballs.

Newly expanded selection of wet/canned cat food

Did you know your cats should be eating more canned/wet food?

Cats naturally have a lower thirst-drive and don’t drink as much as they should. So often times, they are in a constant state of dehydration. Also, wet food is great when you’re trying to get your kitty to lose weight.

Studies have shown that cats lose weight much easier on canned food versus dry. Dry food is very calorically dense and is high in carbohydrates which are not as satisfying to a cat as protein is. Wet food is also higher in water content which fills up your cat faster, so they don’t eat as much.

Canned/wet food may help kitties with:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Cystitis/Urethral blockage/Urinary tract infection/Crystals
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Hairballs
  • Obesity
  • Hepatic Lipidosis (fatty liver disease)

Click here for tips to transitioning your dry food addicted kitties!

Other great links on the benefits of wet cat food:

We have recently expanded our selection of canned/wet cat food available in the clinic. Stop buy and pick some up for your kitty today!

Help you pets live a more stress-free life!

Do you think your pets may be stressed? Even if you don’t, take the pet stress test and find out.

Even changes that you consider good (such as moving to a new house or bringing home your newborn) can be a major source of stress for your pet, who needs a consistent routine and predictable environment to feel relaxed and secure. Your pet isn’t “misbehaving” out of spite. It’s just their way of coping with the stress brought on by new people, places and/or events.

Signs of stress include:

  • Destructive behaviour is a common way pets express themselves. Your pet may be bored when you’re not at home. They may also be anxious when left alone, and may be suffering from separation anxiety.
  • If your pet has been barking, whining, howling or meowing excessively lately, it’s a sign that something is bothering them. Before you attempt to correct this behaviour it’s important to try to figure out what triggers your pet’s excessive vocalization.
  • Inappropriate elimination tops most people’s list of frustrating pet behaviours. It is also one of the most common signs of stress in pets — as well as a symptom of certain physical conditions (which should first be ruled out by the veterinarian).
  • Avoidance and hiding are signs of stress and fear, as is excessive “clinginess,” which can be an indication of separation anxiety.
  • Unusual behaviour is a sign something is not right with your pet. They are counting on you to sense changes in their mood, habits and/or behaviour, and to help them find ways to cope with stress.
  • Visit us at the clinic to see how products like Zylkène®, Calm food, Adaptil (dogs)/Feliway (cats), and ThunderShirts can help!

    Zylkène® is a milk-derived protein that is clinically proven to have calming benefits. It reduces the signs of stress without any know side effects.

    Calm (canine/feline) food is formulated to support dogs and cats in situations associated with stress and anxiety via a hydrolyzed milk protein (similar to Zylkène®) and tryptophan content to help maintain your pet’s emotional balance.

    Adaptil is a pheromone that is released by the mother to support bonding and to comfort and reassure her puppies. This “support” gives puppies enough confidence to explore and learn about the world around them. Adaptil is a synthetic copy of this canine appeasing pheromone and is proven to help adult dogs cope in challenging and worrying situations. Adaptil comes in 3 different formulations, a diffuser (similar to room freshener plug-ins), a spray and a collar. Adaptil can be used to help with anxiety associated with loud noises, travel, socialization, training and vocalization.

    Feliway is a synthetic copy of the facial pheromone proven to reassure and comfort the cat. When cats feel safe and secure, it rubs its head against objects in the local environment, leaving behind substances called facial pheromones. These provide emotional support and help alleviate stress. The absence of these pamiliar marks is believed to lead to an increase in anxiety. Feliway can be used in multi-cat homes, new environments, for urine marking, travel and inappropriate scratching.

    ThunderShirt uses gentle hugging to calm your dog or cat. With its patented design, ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs and cats show significant improvement in symptoms when using ThunderShirt. Experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system, possibly by releasing a calming hormone like endorphins. Using pressure to relieve anxiety in people and animals has been a common practice for years.

    Come in and see how we can help you with your stressed pets!

We can now order Thundershirts!

I hope everyone is out there enjoying the beautiful weather today!

The weather reports are calling for thunderstorms later this week. Does your dog hate thunderstorms? Maybe we can help! We can now order in ThunderShirts from XXS to XXL. Give us a call or stop in if you would like to purchase one. We can get it in usually within 24hrs.

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ThunderShirt uses gentle hugging to calm your dog or cat. With its patented design, ThunderShirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs and cats show significant improvement in symptoms when using ThunderShirt. ThunderShirt is already helping hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats around the world and is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and trainers. How does ThunderShirt work? Experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system, possibly by releasing a calming hormone like endorphins. Using pressure to relieve anxiety in people and animals has been a common practice for years.

Dental product of the week: Dental Food!

In addition to brushing and regular dental check-ups, good oral health may require a pet food specially formulated to clean teeth such as Prescription Diet® t/d® or Royal Canin Dental. These dental diets are designed to assist in the prevention of accumulation of plaque and tartar in your pets’ mouth by combining a mechanical scrubbing action and tartar and plaque reducing ingredients to provide dual action dental care.

Dental kibble is specially designed not to crumble the way regular kibble does, but rather to hold together longer to scrub each tooth like a toothbrush. The larger kibble size also ensures that your pet’s teeth chew through each kibble, getting cleaned from the tip to the gumline.

Dental diets that we can order in for you:

And remember, just because February/Pet Dental Health month is over doesn’t mean you can’t come in and try any of the products mentioned in today’s and all previous posts. A healthy mouth is a healthy body. Emerging science suggests a strong link between good oral health and heart and kidney health. So, be sure to brush and take care of your pets’ oral health.

Dental product of the week: Chews/Treats!

So far we have discussed toothpaste and food/water additives. Today, were talking about chews and treats!

Chew toys help with dental health by removing soft tartar and massaging the gums while also satisfying your pets’ desire to chew and play. There are also rope bones for dogs and netted cat toys, like the ones by Petstages that act like floss, getting in between teeth.

Treats help to boost the natural defenses in your pets’ saliva by providing gentle abrasive action to help remove plaque and food debris while chewing.

We can order in these products for you:

Dental treats are a great way to entertain your pets while freshening their breaths. You can read more about dog dental treats at WebMD.

Dental product of the week: Food/Water Additives

Last week our featured dental products were toothpaste and toothbrushes! You can read all about them here.

This week, we’re talking about food and water additives.

Though brushing is the best thing for maintaining your pet’s dental health, don’t despair if you can’t do it. There are other things that can be done!

DentalProductsYou can help fight plaque with every sip by adding drinking water additives to your pet’s water bowl. Formulated by veterinary dental specialists, it helps clean teeth by preventing plaque accumulation, reducing germs and bacteria in the mouth and freshening the breath. It is as simple as adding 2 teaspoons to a quart of water.

If you’re interested, we can order in these products for you:

If you’re not sure whether or not your furry, little loved one will take to additives in their water, and you don’t want to commit to a whole bottle of it, you can now pick up a C.E.T. Aquadent sample for only 93 cents (including tax).

There are also food additives available such as Plaque Off®, which is a completely natural product made from seaweed that can significantly help reduce dental plaque and tartar and improve breath in cats and dogs. When the ingredients are absorbed into the blood via the digestion and enters the saliva, they effectively prevent accumulation of plaque by affecting the ability of plaque to ‘stick’ to surfaces in the mouth. Existing tartar becomes porous, loosens by itself or can be easily removed by brushing or cleaning.

Next week we will be featuring dental chews/treats, so be sure to check it out on our website.  Stop in today and see what you can add to your pets’ dental health routine!

Dental product of the week: Toothpaste!

Each week for the month of February, we will be featuring a dental product to help with your dental regime at home.

Brushing is the basis of all dental care regimes! Daily brushing is the best way to protect your pet’s dental health and through regular tooth brushing, you can catch developing oral
problems sooner.

Plaque is a film of mucus and bacteria that accumulate on the teeth. Continual accumulation of minerals from saliva on plaque on the teeth causes the plaque to mineralize and form calculus or tartar. The most effective means for controlling plaque is by brushing the teeth.

“Tooth brushing results in the disruption of plaque that adheres to the tooth, especially along the gum line,” explains Gary J. Spodnick, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and Chief of Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas, in Cary, North Carolina. “A variety of pet dentifrices (toothpastes) are available but the most important thing is not what brand is used to brush the teeth, but that the teeth are brushed. It is the mechanical action of brushing that is most effective at removing the plaque.”

Many pet toothpastes available here at the Belmont Veterinary Services contain enzymes which help inhibit the formation of plaque and are available in several flavours that your pets are sure to love. You can stop is today and pick up a sample of C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste (poultry) to try for only $1.07 +tax. Also, oral gels are available that can be applied to the gum line, with zinc gluconate and chlorhexidine digluconate, which both act to freshen breath and have anti-microbial action which kills plaque-producing bacteria.

Toothbrushes are also important in brushing your pets’ teeth. There are a variety of different tooth brushes available from regular children’s’ toothbrushes to pet toothbrushes to finger brushes. It may just take time for you to figure out what works best for you. For some, even just a piece of gauze may be just as helpful. Q-tips may also be used to apply toothpaste onto the tooth and may be better tolerated in cats.

The “do”s and “don’t”s of brushing:

  • DO brush your pet’s teeth at least three times a week. (Daily is even better!)
  • DO make teeth brushing an enjoyable experience for you and your pet.
  • DON’T use “human” toothpaste to brush your pet’s teeth. Unlike humans, pets swallow the toothpaste, which may lead to stomach upset.
  • DO replace your pet’s toothbrush at least every three months, or when the bristles become frayed.
  • DON’T ignore “doggy breath” and assume that it’s normal.
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