Pet Hygiene and Health

Dr. Al Townshend We define the word hygiene as the practice of maintaining health and preventing disease, primarily through cleanliness. Our pets are no exception, their health and happiness are, in large part, dependent on hygiene and the sanitation of their environment. Keeping our pets clean and healthy is also an essential factor in human […]

Personal Hygiene for Both Dogs and Cats

Dr. Al Townshend When it comes to the hygiene of dogs and cats, understanding the importance of addressing proper hygiene issues begins with a basic understanding of the significance of each item. Oral Hygiene Oral Hygiene is an essential part of the care for every pet. The mouth is a gateway to the body. Diseased […]

Oral Hygiene and Fresh Breath

Dr. Al Townshend Dental health is really about the overall health of the mouth, or what is known as oral health. It is just as essential in the pet’s health as it is for their Guardians. Can you imagine how your mouth would look and feel if you never brushed your teeth or used mouth […]

Nail Trimming

Dr. Al Townshend Like our nails, the claws of dogs and cats grow, and if they are not worn down or trimmed, they will cause problems. Without regular care, a pet’s claws can alter an animal’s ability to walk comfortably. Eventually, they can grow into the pads of the feet, causing pain, infection and lameness. […]

Do I Need to Clean My Pet’s Ears?

Dr. Al Townshend It is estimated that approximately 20% of dogs have some form of ear disease. Fortunately, cats have far fewer issues with their ears. The most common ear problems for dogs and cats is infections. Preventing problems begins with your daily observations of the pet and regular inspection of the ears. Dogs Problems […]

Ways to Keep Your Pet Active During the Winter Months

By Dr. Al Townshend Winter, especially in Canada and the northern United States, can bring extremely cold weather that can put a pet at risk. It is still essential that pets get enough exercise, even with the colder temperatures. Even though many northern states and Canadian provinces experience winter temperatures far below freezing, pets still […]

How Cold is Too Cold for your Pet?

By Dr. Al Townshend Generally, if the outside temperature is 45°F (7.2°C) or above, cold weather protection is not a concern. Once the thermometer begins to drop and approaches freezing (32°F or 0°C), some considerations should be taken into account before going outside with a pet. Cats in the north generally prefer being inside in […]

Ways to Keep Your Pet Active During the Winter Months

By Dr. Al Townshend Winter, especially in Canada and the northern United States, can bring extremely cold weather that can put a pet at risk. It is still essential that pets get enough exercise, even with the colder temperatures. Even though many northern states and Canadian provinces experience winter temperatures far below freezing, pets still […]

The Dietary Needs of Senior Pets

By Dr. Al Townshend Today, dogs and cats are living longer than ever before. That’s due, in part, to improved veterinary care and the much closer relationship Guardians have with their pets than 40 years ago. Guardians are better educated, regarding the welfare of their pets, and they are willing to go the extra mile […]

Senior Pets: Supporting the Change with Vitamins and Minerals

By Dr. Al Townshend As our beloved pets begin to age, there is always a concern. Over the years, the strong bond that forms between Guardians and their pets becomes more profound and cherished. Understanding that dogs and cat do not live as long as we do can create concern. The Golden Age Of A […]