Category Archives: Pet Wellness

Puppy Eating

Superfoods for Dogs

By Britt Mills, DVM

Quick,  easy, and inexpensive fixes for improving your dog’s nutrition.

Many of us over the years have learned the benefits of whole-food nutrition for ourselves and our families, but what about our canine friends? As we pour the uniformly brown preformed kibble into a bowl, we may wonder if it’s providing optimum nutrition. Continue reading

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Missing Pets

By Carey Keith, DVM

Q: I hear so many stories about missing pets that are never reunited with their owners. What can I do to maximize the chances of getting my cat or dog back if they wander away?

There are several ways to help pets find their way home should they go missing. First and foremost, be sure to have a collar and tag on your pet with your current contact information. Dogs and cats are frequently picked up close to home, and a collar with your phone number could be the fastest way to get your pet home! Continue reading

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A Walk in the Park

By Dianne Steinley, Editor OHW Magazine

A guide to on-leash and off-leash areas in the Okanagan.

One of the indicators of an animal-friendly community is the provision of designated dog parks where our canine chums can burn off energy and socialize with others in a safe environment. In the Okanagan, we are blessed with an abundance of such areas, and by paying attention to a few simple, common-sense rules we are sure to enjoy some fun-filled times. Chances are, our dogs won’t be the only ones making new friends! Continue reading

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Tick Talk

By Moira Drosdovech, DVM

A carefree romp through long grass and low bushes, and your four-legged hiking buddy may be an ideal target for these hitchhikers.

There is one thing I dislike about the warm season in the Okanagan, and that is bugs. I would wager a bet that animals aren’t keen either, because bugs bite them. Continue reading

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Orange cat in neck cone

AlleyCATS Alliance

By December van den Berg

Five Penticton women with a passion for cats are making a difference in the Okanagan.

Have you ever had a litter of kittens born inside your floor and had to saw into your venting system to get them out? Have you ever had to enlist the help of a bona fide hazmat team to enter a dilapidated, asbestos-filled building in order to rescue a litter of kittens trapped inside the walls? Have you ever accidentally caught a very large (and angry) raccoon in your live cat trap and had to find a way to release it without getting your hand ripped off? Do you often reach into your purse looking for a mint and instead, pull out a random cat toy or a tin of wet food that you didn’t know was there? These are just a few of the occupational hazards associated with being a professional cat rescuer and enthusiast (fanatic), and five women from Penticton know all about it. Continue reading

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