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Giving your furry friends some table scraps may seem like a good idea but be careful what you give them! Some foods can be quite toxic to dogs and cats. Let’s go over what foods you should keep to yourself, as well as which foods aren’t as toxic as some people think they are. This is not a complete list so regardless, you should do your research before giving your pets something new off of your own plate.

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It’s almost that time of year again! Sunshine, beaches and lots of HEAT! Once all of this rain dries up, of course. Some pet parents will start thinking about getting their fur-babies shaved for the season to keep them cool but WAIT!! Depending on what breed of dog you have, it might not be a good idea! I will let you know why, as well as some tips for keeping them cool during the approaching hot summer days.

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Obesity is an ongoing issue in pets. Between 50-60% of cats and dogs are overweight according to reports by the FDA. Obesity can lead to several health problems including Diabetes, cancer, heart problems, breathing problems, and the list goes on and on. If your pet is overweight and you want to get a few pounds (or several, for that matter) off them, feeding them something that is lean is helpful, but getting them lots of exercise is the key! Unlike most people, dogs usually love to run and play. Giving them more of this daily exercise can drastically increase their ability to burn fat.

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Hello everyone! This week I want to talk about digestible versus indigestible CHEWS. It gives us many headaches when people ask us for plastic or rubber chew toys for their dogs with the intention of letting them eat it. These indigestible products can cause many digestive problems when consumed. Large pieces can get lodged in the gut and create blockages in the digestive tract. There are many natural, digestible alternatives that dog owners can feel good about giving their dogs.

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What is the VHP?

                The VHP (Veterinary Health Product) program is a section of Health Canada and the Veterinary Drugs Directorate that regulates natural health products in pets. VHP’s contain ingredients such as vitamins and minerals, botanicals, traditional medicines and homeopathic medicines with a history of safe use. There is a list of acceptable ingredients that companies can use to make their products. You can also get ingredients added to this list if they are deemed safe. These products are only meant to maintain or promote health and welfare of animals, not for treating, preventing, or curing disease.

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