Belmont Veterinary Services
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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.


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.

Tick and heartworm season!

Spring is finally here and with the arrival of spring comes those pesky parasites, ticks and mosquitoes. Are you prepared for tick and heartworm season?

We recommend heartworm testing mid-April to mid-May, at which point you can pick up your heartworm prevention medication for the season. It’s a simple, inexpensive blood test which can detect four infections (Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and heartworm disease) in one blood sample and results are obtained in less than 10 minutes.

For more information about heartworm and why testing and prevention is so important, please watch this video below.

Call today to book your appointment to get your dogs tested!
Don’t forget about your cats! They don’t need to be tested, but they still need protection!

National Pet I.D. Week Promotion!

If you bring your pet in to be microchipped between April 15th and 20th, you will receive 15% off the cost of microchipping!

1 in 3 pets will become lost in their lifetime, only 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back home. Millions of pets are euthanized every year because their owners can’t be found in time. Microchipping is recommended for every pet—it is the only permanent method of identification and is extremely helpful in the event your pet is lost. Remember ID tags can become lost; tattoos can smudge and become unreadable—only a microchip offers a permanent solution. Hundreds of thousands of pets have been returned to their owners using microchip technology. It is estimated that over 94% of lost pets that have a microchip are successfully reunited with their families.

Call today to take advantage of this offer!

Poison Awareness: Lilies

Though they are beautiful, lilies are very toxic to cats. Just be sure, when you bring flowers to Easter dinner, you know what’s in the bouquet.

The more dangerous, potentially fatal lilies are true lilies of the Lilium or Hemerocallis species. Examples of some of these dangerous lilies include the tiger, day, Asiatic hybrid, Easter, Japanese Show, rubrum, stargazer, red, Western, and wood lilies – all of which are highly toxic to cats! Even small ingestions (such as 2-3 petals or leaves) – even the pollen or water from the vase – can result in severe, acute kidney failure.

lily-300x248Poisonous to: Cats
Level of toxicity: Generally moderate to severe
Common signs to watch for:

  • Inappetance
  • Lethargy
  • Hiding
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Halitosis
  • Dehydration
  • Inappropriate urination or thirst
  • Seizures
  • Death

There are benign and dangerous lilies out there, and it’s important to know the difference. Benign lilies include the Peace, Peruvian, and Calla lilies; these contain insoluble oxalate crystals that cause minor signs such as tissue irritation to the mouth, tongue, pharynx, and esophagus. Clinical signs of drooling, pawing at the mouth, foaming, and vomiting may be transiently seen.

Other types of dangerous lilies include lily of the valley. This type does not cause kidney failure, but can cause life-threatening heart arrhythmias and death when ingested by dogs or cats.

If your cat is seen consuming any part of a lily, bring your cat (and the plant) immediately to a veterinarian for medical care. The sooner you bring in your cat, the better and more efficiently the lily poisoning can be treated. Decontamination (like inducing vomiting and giving binders like activated charcoal) are imperative in the early toxic stage, while aggressive intravenous fluid therapy, kidney function monitoring tests, and supportive care can greatly improve the prognosis. Intravenous fluids must be started within an 18 hour window for the best outcome.

Information courtesy of the Pet Poison Helpline.

Closed on Good Friday

Just a reminder, we will be closed on March 29th, 2013 for Good Friday. Regular office hours resume on Saturday.

Mon: 9AM – 7PM
Tue: 9AM – 6PM
Wed: 9AM – 6PM
Thurs: 9AM – 5PM
Sat: 9AM – Noon

If you have an emergency, you can still call us at our regular phone number. We have an emergency on-call service in place. Just leave a message in our voice mail and we will call you back as soon as possible.

Sponsor Amy in support of National Service Dogs

Our office manager, Amy, and her dog little Westie, Darla, will be participating in the 2013 Windsor Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs & their Families happening on Friday, March 29th.

All donations go to support the National Service Dogs (NSD). NSD is committed to enriching the quality of life and enhancing the independence of children and individuals living with autism and special needs by providing them with specially trained Labrador and Golden Retrievers. It’s all for a great cause, so please, consider supporting Amy and Darla! Any donation of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.

Poison Awareness: Alcohol

While you’re out enjoying your St. Patrick’s Day green beer, just make sure you don’t share any with your pets this weekend.

greenbeerPoisonous to: Cats, Dogs
Level of toxicity: Generally mild to severe
Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Retching
  • Vomiting or attempting to vomit
  • Distended stomach/bloat
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Weakness
  • Collapse
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Coma
  • Hypothermia
  • Death

Most people know not to give alcoholic drinks to their pets; however, alcohol poisoning in pets is more common than you think! This is because alcohol can be found in surprising places. Rum-soaked fruitcake or unbaked dough containing yeast result in alcohol poisoning and other life-threatening problems. Unbaked bread dough will expand in the warm, moist environment of the stomach and can result in a bloated stomach (called “bloat”), which can then progress to a gastric-dilitation volvulus (GDV), which is a twisted stomach. Signs of GDV include vomiting, non-productive retching, a distended stomach, an elevated heart rate, weakness, collapse, and death. Secondly, when the yeast in the unbaked dough is fermented, it results in the production of carbon dioxide (causing the bloat) and alcohol. Alcohol from the fermenting yeast is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and results in alcohol poisoning quickly. Ingestion of alcohol can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature. Intoxicated animals can experience seizures and respiratory failure.

Information courtesy of the Pet Poison Helpline.

Poison Awareness: Grapes/Raisins

Grapes, raisins, and even currants (some currants are actually small, black grapes) are toxic to your dog! In fact, there have been anecdotal reports of cats and ferrets being affected by these also. Ingestion of even a small amount of grapes, raisins, or currants can result in severe, acute kidney failure. All types of grape- or raisin-containing products (including grape juice, trail mix, bagels, etc.) can result in this. Even organic, pesticide-free, grapes grown in home gardens can result in toxicity. Although the mechanism of action is not clearly understood on how grapes, raisins and currants are poisonous at this time, this common fruit can result in anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, and potentially severe acute renal failure (which develops several days later). The toxicity is not necessarily dose-dependent, and symptoms can occur with even small ingestions. Decontamination (e.g., inducing vomiting, decontaminating with activated charcoal, etc.), aggressive supportive care, aggressive IV fluid therapy, and kidney function (e.g., BUN/creatinine) monitoring is recommended.

GrapesPoisonous to: Dogs
Level of toxicity: Generally moderate to severe
Common signs to watch for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abnormal drinking or urination
  • Lethargy
  • Inappetance
  • Halitosis
  • Dehydration

Information courtesy of the Pet Poison Helpline.

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