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  •   August 13, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    10% of North Americans suffer from pet-related allergies, and cat allergies are known to be twice as common as dog related allergies. The leading cause of cat allergies is a protein called Fel d 1, which is found within the cat’s fur and is spread throughout the home. If you’re living with cats an (...)
  •   August 07, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Why Do Skunks Spray? Skunks are extremely defensive animals - you would be, too, if you were short, slow and partially blind. These striped mammals have evolved some fascinating defensive mechanisms over the years that have helped protect them from predators and unsuspecting pooches. The most wel (...)
  •   July 27, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Why is chocolate toxic to dogs? Chocolate is produced by the beans of a cocoa plant and includes two dangerous compounds; theobromine and caffeine. Both compounds act as a heart and nervous-system stimulant, very similar to their effects in humans. However, dogs and cats are unable to metabolize (...)
  •   July 20, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Obesity in domestic cats is so common that it often goes unnoticed. However, the reality is that over 60% of North American cats are overweight and most of these cases are caused by overfeeding and a lack of exercise. While we love to spoil our pets with treats and extra snacks, allowing them to b (...)
  •   July 16, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Did you know that July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month? This movement was created to educate pet parents about loss prevention and increase the likelihood of reuniting with your pet if they get lost. In light of this month, we’ve decided to compile a list of helpful tips to keep in mind when (...)
  •   July 09, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Most of us are familiar with the dreaded heartworm. After all, we all spend hundreds on its treatment and prevention every year! While the parasitic heartworm thrives in hot, humid environments and is mostly associated with its plague against Southern United States, Canada sees hundreds of cases per (...)
  •   July 03, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Is your dog notorious for munching on grass as though it’s as tasty as a t-bone steak?! Whether it’s muddy grass, dead grass, long grass, or green grass, it all seems to look delicious. So the big question is: why?! Grass-eating is a common behaviour seen in dogs and up until this very day, remain (...)
  •   June 25, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Oh, Canada! Canada Day is fast approaching this July 1, and we know you’re as proud as we are to celebrate our amazing nation. Unfortunately for our pups, Canada Day typically brings celebratory fireworks with it. While the loud noises and bright displays can be a blast for both kids and adults, fir (...)
  •   June 18, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Here at the Healthy Pets office, our Chief Inspiration Officer, Bo, a 2-year-old Yellow Lab with a constant goofy grin, keeps the team smiling and laughing all day long. Thankfully, Bo is very well trained and relatively lazy during the day. He spends his time wandering amongst team members, looking (...)
  •   June 11, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Taking advantage of the summer weather is something us Canadians are all too familiar with. Before we know it, the leaves will be falling and the winter tires will be back on. In preparation of this, we recommend a heavy dose of beach days. Below is a list of our favorite dog-friendly beaches right (...)
  •   June 01, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Road trips are always more fun with someone to enjoy the ride with. If that someone is a four-legged family member, we’ve rounded up a few extra steps to ensure their safety and happiness while on the road! Keep Your Pets Safe And Secure A 60-pound dog can become a 3000-pound projectile in a car (...)
  •   May 27, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Kittens meow to their mothers when they’re hungry, cold, scared or uncomfortable. As kittens reach adulthood, they develop other forms of communication. Hissing, howling, purrs, chirps and growling is reserved for cat-to-cat communication, whereas meowing is mostly used for cat-to-people communicati (...)
  •   May 22, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Cottage season is upon us! While that’s certainly reason to celebrate, pet owners should be informed of the increased risks to dogs and cats that come with warmer weather and venturing away from home. Many parasites thrive in warm, moist environments, and Ontario provides ideal living conditions for (...)
  •   May 14, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Heading to the cottage this weekend? We don’t mean to be a buzzkill, but the warmer temperatures and increase in humidity can pose multiple threats to our pets. Below are 5 tips to help protect pets from the summer heat and keep them comfortable! Keep your house and apartment as cool as possible. (...)
  •   May 07, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Similar to us, pets can be affected by environmental changes throughout the year. Spring brings warmer weather, stronger sun, and a huge sense of relief. But it also reintroduces ragweed, grasses, pollens, dangerous molds and budding trees. Those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies know that th (...)
  •   April 30, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    World Veterinary Day April 28th, 2018 was the 18th annual World Veterinary Day. World Veterinary Day was created in April 2000 by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) to recognize and promote the lifesaving work performed by veterinarians around the world. Each year, the WVA chooses a theme of (...)
  •   April 23, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    This past Sunday, April 22th was Earth Day. We love that there is an entire day devoted to environmental protection, but we at Healthy Pets like to be mindful of our planet’s well-being throughout the year. With that in mind, we have compiled the following list of 5 ways to reduce your pets carbon (...)
  •   April 16, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Adopting a dog or cat has become a huge movement across North America, and Healthy Pets is proud to support it any way we can. One of Toronto’s most influential rescue groups, Save Our Scruff, is hosting their second annual Scruff Social this Saturday, April 21, and we are pleased to be the presenti (...)
  •   March 27, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    The time has come! Healthy Pets is officially launching this week! In conjunction with the air date of our Dragons’ Den episode this Thursday, March 29th, we wanted to take a trip back in time to where it all began, and dive into how Healthy Pets became the leader of the #pettech revolution. As a (...)
  •   March 27, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    There are two different species of ticks here in Ontario: the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), and the Black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis). Once attached to a host, ticks can remain feeding for up to 10 days before reaching maximum engorgement. Like mosquitos, ticks are hosts themselve (...)
  •   March 27, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    While spring may bring warmer weather, longer days, and an overall sense of relief from winter, it also brings increased health risks to dogs and cats. Along with higher temperatures and wetter conditions, spring leaves your pets extra vulnerable to parasites and infections. During the month of Marc (...)
  •   March 27, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    They say dogs offer unconditional love, whereas with cats you have to earn it. So true! Cats are paw-sitively more complex than dogs. Unless it’s mealtime, it can be difficult to interpret what your cat is trying to say. Below are six common ways our felines communicate with us. 1. Purring Purri (...)
  •   March 27, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    In conjunction with Pet Cancer Awareness month, we’re profiling the early warning signs of cancer in pets. While these warning signs do not automatically equate a cancer diagnosis, it’s important to be aware of the fact that cancer affects pets too. Cancer is the number one disease-related killer of (...)
  •   March 27, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Oh, puppies! Cute, cuddly and easy, right?! Wrong. Anyone who has ever brought a new puppy home knows they are as equally cute and troublesome. Potty training is no exception. Are you ready to start potty training your puppy? Let’s look at some top techniques below. No matter which technique you (...)
  •   March 27, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Did you know that paw pads on the bottom of cats feet are actually thickened layers of fat and tissue? They also help provide traction, and act as shock absorbers for the bones, tendons and ligaments of the limb. Since cats use their paws for a variety of tasks, including movement, hunting and playi (...)
  •   March 27, 2018    Posted by: Emma
    Pets, much like their human companions, may need emergency procedures due to unexpectedly falling ill. Life insurance covers most of the cost for human members of the family, but our four-legged friends are not automatically covered and are subject to rising veterinary costs. Have you thought about (...)