Category Archives: Pet Wellness

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Tellington TTouch for Your Pet

By Christine Schwartz

This training method respects the animal as a sentient being and acknowledges the connection between physical, mental, and emotional balance.

The Tellington TTouch Method is one of the few, and certainly the first, truly holistic training programs for all animals. It was developed over 30 years ago by world-renowned horsewoman Linda Tellington-Jones as a training method for horses, but expanded to dogs, cats, humans, and other animals soon afterwards. Continue reading

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Buyer Beware

How to recognize a reputable breeder when choosing a furry family member.

Editor’s note: The recent discovery of a puppy mill in Langley reinforces the need for caution when adding a puppy or kitten to the family. The following article is reprinted with permission from the BC SPCA website (www.spca.bc.ca). The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Its mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm, and wild animals in BC. Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Prisoner of Winter!

By Shelly Korobanik

Kick away those excuses with a fitness activity that’s guaranteed fun for both you and your pooch.

Winter is here, and instead of bunkering down inside, why not escape to the great outdoors and enjoy everything this amazing season has to offer by trying kicksledding?  Originating in Scandinavian countries, kicksledding, like skijoring, is slowly being discovered in North America and is a perfect activity for our Canadian winters!  For non-skiers looking for a way to maintain their fitness level, or an alternative mode of transport to go ice fishing, or just wanting to go exploring on winter trails, kicksledding is a viable option to consider. And for those looking for a way to exercise their pooch, kicksledding is the perfect alternative to skijoring. Continue reading

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Why Does My Cat Need Dental Care?

By Carey Keith, DVM

Annual examinations can identify problems before they become painful and expensive to treat.

Cats need dental care for the same reasons that we do! Cats can get dental problems that can be very painful and lead to a decline in their overall health. In the past, our role as veterinarians was really only to intervene when the problems in our feline patients became so serious that teeth needed to be extracted. Now, through the use of innovative diets, preventative dental care at home, and routine dental cleanings, we can prevent a lot of these issues before they affect the health of our cats. Continue reading

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Harness the Power of Your Dog!

By Shelly Korobanik

Skijoring is a way to take your cross-country skiing to a whole new level.

Exhilarating and terrifying are the words I use to describe my very first skijor experience with my two Siberian Huskies! Terrifying because I had only learned to cross-country ski the prior season, and absolutely exhilarating to see the undeniable pleasure my two Siberian Huskies were having running full out and propelling me forward at speeds faster than I could ski on my own! As my dogs and I had cani-crossed for a few years, I had complete trust in them to respond to my voice cues, so I was able to truly enjoy the privilege of experiencing their all-out running speed and pulling power with skijoring…and from that moment on I have been hooked on the sport! Continue reading

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